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Tineola bisselliella (Hummel, 1823)

Имаго  (Tineola bisselliella)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Tineoidea family Tineidae subfamily Tineinae genus Tineola → species Tineola bisselliella

Species name(s)

Tineola bisselliella (Hummel, 1823) = Tineola bisseliella (Hummel, 1823) = crinella (Treitschke, 1832) = destructor (Stephens, 1834) = lanariella (Clemens, 1859) = Tineola biselliella = Tinea flavifrontella Thunberg, 1794 = Tinea bisselliella Hummel 1823 = Tinea crinella Sodoffsky, 1830 = Tinea destructor Stephens, 1825 = Tineola furciferella Zagulajev, 1954 = Tinea lanariella Clemens, 1859.


Zoogeographical regions

Palaearctic, Nearctic, Neotropic, Ethiopic, Indo-Malayan, Australian.

Russia regions

#2. Kolsky; #3. Karelsky; #4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny; #6. Evropeisky Severo-Vostochny; #7. Evropeisky yuzhno-tayozhny; #8. Evropeisky Tsentralny; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #11. Volgo-Donsky; #12. Nizhnevolzhsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #16. Sredne-Uralsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky; #20. Yuzhno-Zapadnosibirsky; #25. Tuvinsky; #28. Zabaikalsky; #31. Yuzhno-Yakutsky; #40. Primorsky.

Forewing length

5—7 mm.

Primary colors

Yellow, White.

Flight time

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Larva lifespan

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Имаго  (Tineola bisselliella)

Detailed information with references

Synonyms and combinations

  • Tineola bisseliella. [3]. Peter Khramov.

Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Length of front wing - only 0.5-0.7 cm. Wings without pattern, yellow, shiny. [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • The wingspan of 9 to 16 mm. Color - yellow straw. [11]. Peter Khramov.


  • Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Corsica, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, the Soviet Union - the European part Finland, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [1]. Peter Khramov.
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, the European North-East, the European North-West, the European Central European South taiga, Transbaikalia, Western Caucasus, Karelia, Kola, Lower Volga, Seaside, Mid-Volzhsky, Mid-Ural, Tuva, South -Zapadnosibirsky, South Ural, South Yakutia. [3]. Peter Khramov.
  • Austria, Baleares, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, the British Isles, France, Germany, Denmark (mainland), Ireland, Iceland, Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), the Canary Islands, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira , Netherlands, Norway (mainland), the Channel Islands, Poland,Portugal (mainland), Russia, Romania, Slovakia, Finland, Croatia, Czech Republic, Sweden, Estonia. [10]. Peter Khramov.
  • The whole world. [5]. Peter Khramov.


  • It flies from May to September, it is found in homes all year round. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Additional info about Imago

  • Initially he lived in bird nests and burrows of animals. Now nature is found on hedges, bushes, and more - in premises and warehouses with fabrics and furs. [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • Most of the butterflies that we meet in a residential area - males or females that have already laid their eggs. Therefore, to run them is not necessary, but check things out for their caterpillars gnawing need. [11]. Peter Khramov.

Larva lifespan

  • Can occur year-round. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Larva food plants

  • Fur, textiles, dresses. [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • The fur, wool, hair, bristles, dry insects, and sometimes even jam. [11]. Peter Khramov.

Additional info about Larva

  • The caterpillars feed on the skin, fur, wool; eat up in the feed substrate moves, criss-crossing web of them; it happens and pupation. [86]. Shamil Murtazin.


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Andrey Ponomarev, Nikolai Vladimirov.

Text data: Peter Khramov, Shamil Murtazin.

Main characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.

Color characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.



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