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moth

(môth, mŏth)
n. pl. moths (môthz, mŏthz, môths, mŏths)
Any of numerous insects of the order Lepidoptera, generally distinguished from butterflies by their nocturnal activity, hairlike or feathery antennae, stout bodies, and the frenulum that holds the front and back wings together.

moth

a LEPIDOPTERAN that is mainly nocturnal, lacks knobbed antenae, and folds its wings flat at rest. The term has no taxonomic status.
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Just like butterflies, casemaking clothes moths, Tinea pellionella, start as caterpillars.
Did the clothes moth just come into existence when man first wore animal fur?
Moth expert Ron Elliott said, 'The common clothes moth was once very numerous but now we've got a lot of synthetic stuff it is almost extinct.
Dear Cash Queens I HAD terrible problems with clothes moths last summer and ended up throwing lots of damaged items away.
Common clothes moths and their larvae thrive in warm, enclosed environments such as wardrobes and feed on animal fibres such as wools and silk.
Tineid moths (Lepidoptera: Tineidae), commonly known as "clothes moths", inhabit human dwellings and storage areas and their caterpillars are considered a serious pest, since they derive nourishment from clothing, in particular wool, although also many other natural fibres.
Clothes moths fit into the same category, and indeed, much of the damage to woollens attributed to clothes moths is really the work of carpet beetles.
One woman died from pesticide applied in the closet of her Cairo apartment to kill clothes moths. Until a few years ago, audiences at Security Overseas Seminars almost always included at least one person who had served at a post where a toddler drowned in a post swimming pool.
Like most socialists of his day, Levi had little love for the dehumanizing effects of predatory capitalism and professional efficiency, both vaunting a civil servant who gardened instead of showing up to a meaningless job and then celebrating the clothes moths that fed upon the city's genteel decay.
The next day, a pest control company diagnosed the problem: clothes moths.