ABH 28.009

White-Shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella

BF 0648

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(Linnaeus, 1758)
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15-21 mm.


Occurs regularly inside buildings, and being continuously-brooded, can be found at any time of year indoors. Easily distinguished from the other common domicilary the Brown House Moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella by the white head and thorax.


Life Cycle

Larva feeds on detritus and refuse, as well as dried goods, such as cereals and grainEgg incubation requires 10 to 58 days, the larval period is 38 to 133 days, and the period from egg to adult is 62 to 235 days. The full-grown larva is about 12 mm long, and white, with a brownish head, similar to the brown house moth..



The larvae live on dried plant and animal debris, and the species has been accidentally introduced into many parts of the world with dried stored goods.





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