Moth like insect
September 2, 2009
I found this insect sitting on my wall. It is about 2-3 mm in length. I took my camera and clicked this snap. I am not able to identify this one. Appreciate if you can help me to find this out.
Sunnyvale, California, USA
This could well be the most detailed image of a Bathroom Fly, Clogmia albipunctata, we have ever received. According to Charles Hogue in Insects of the Los Angeles Basin: “The Bathroom Fly is often noticed indoors in damp areas – on the walls of bathrooms, showers, lavatories, and washrooms. The brown worm-like larva develops in the sludgy organic muck that accumulates outdoors in shallow pools and tree holes and, under artificial conditions, in sink traps, drains, and dead-flow areas in the household plumbing.” Your observation that this is a Moth like insect is right on since the family Psychodidae, is know as the Moth Flies.
Thanks so much Daniel. The information was helpful. I do photography as my hobby and just love macro photography. Will definitely use your website for any bug identification. Your site is of great help.
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I originally came to this website to identify the bathroom fly, but the info was already there. What i want to know is do they lay eggs on piping hot food because several times I’ve had to fight one away from a plate of very hot food. They woud be very close or even on the food even though it was very hot. So i was wondering what attracted them so much to extremely hot food. Do they want the food or are the trying to lay eggs.
We don’t know. This seems odd.