Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Household Casebearer Moth
Phereoeca uterella (Walsingham, 1897)

Family: Tineidae
Subfamily: Tineinae
Identification: Forewing gray with up to four spots and a brush of long, lighter gray hair-like scales along inner margin of hindwing; males are smaller, thinner, and have a less distinctive wing pattern than females
Wing Span: male wingspan 0.7-0.9 cm; female wingspan 1.0-1.3 cm
Life History:
Caterpillar Hosts: old spider webs; may also eat woolen goods
Adult Food:
Range: Southern United States
Management Needs:
Taxonomy Notes: None.