Tineidae

Pronunciation:  [Ti·KNEE·i·dee]

Common Name:  Clothes moths or tineid moths

Description:   This is a family of small, delicate moths that are mottled tan, brown, or grayish in color.   At rest, most species hold their wings tent-like over the body.   When spread, the wings are narrow, usually rounded near the tip, and often bordered by a fringe of long hairs.  Maxillary palps are long and folded.

Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Drab gray or brown in color
  2. Front wings elongate, often with a fringe of long hairs
  3. Hind wing with three anal veins

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Order:  Lepidoptera