Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Monopis longella (Walker, 1863)

Family: Tineidae
Subfamily: Tineinae
Identification: Head: Head white to pale yellow. Palpi long, folded, darker on underside. Antenna: 1st half dark, rest lighter. Segment 1 yellow. Thorax: White to pale yellow. Wings: Dark brown with dashed intermittent white to pale yellow scales and 3 white marks along wing tip. Wings have 3 to 5 tufts along inner border. Large white to pale yellow patch with diagonal edge extends from mid wing to tip on costal edge. Patch encompasses the round semi-hyaline circle (typical of Monopis) and another larger stained patch along costa. Legs: Dark, except hind foot white
Wing Span:
Life History:
Flight: April through October. July to September in north.
Caterpillar Hosts: Animal hair and feathers, usually live in bird nests
Adult Food:
Range: Introduced from Asia, this species has spread throughout eastern US and Canada.
Management Needs: