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Whats this ?
Can anybody help ? Is this a carpet moth emerging from its cocoon ? The case is approx 1cm long. I have several fist sized areas of damage to carpets under cupboards where the cocoons are attached. They are also attached to walls.
Cheers
Robert

Hi Robert,
We are not sure if this is a Clothes Moth or a Case-Bearing Clothes Moth. Our suspicion is thqt it is the latter, Tinea pellionella.

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what’s this bug?
Hi bugman,
I was casually eating my cocopops and bran-flake breakfast in my apartment this morning, when I noticed this strange insect hanging from the underside of my table. The coin is a 20 Sen MYR coin, about 1 inch in diameter. The small white ‘cocoon’ was oval shape with a hole in each end, and the worm-like creature would coninuously poke its head out and crawl along a tiny distance each time. I assume it’s the larvae of some insect, but have no idea what. If you can identify it, I’d be highly grateful.
Best regards,
Chris
Sarawak, Malaysia
Ps, I thought you may appreciate a photo of what looks very similar to a house centipede, but was actually observed in a remote cave in the interior of Borneo, which if I’m not mistaken would make it a “Thereupoda decipiens” aka a Long-legged Centipede. All photos are my own, so do with them as you please.

Hi Chris,
Your mystery cocoon is a Case Bearing Moth Larva. These are benign creatures that feed on pet hair. We love the Long Legged Centipede photo.

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ahh!!
Hi, I was cleaning out my room, sort of spring clean when I found out these were all over the place, below the bed on the carpet. Most of them were underneath boxes and underneath chests of draws. A closer inspection could see that some were wriggling, worm like creature with small brown heads, that were popping out of the pods as shown. Im kind of feeling quite sick now, never had them before, what are they? where do they come from? how do I humanely get rid of them? About 6 months ago I had purchsed a new mattress could that be the cause? I did look on your website but cannot find anything that resembles what I found. I have enclosed a photo.
Thank You
Dave

Hi Dave,
You have two different insects. In the center is a Dermestid or Carpet Beetle Larva. The cocoon are some type of moth. We checked with Eric Eaton and here is his identification: “Looks like casemaking clothes moths, Tinea pellionella, or webbing clothes moths, Tineola bisselliella. family Tineidae. I am no expert, but that is what I suspect. Really curious what is under the bed, though:-) Eric”

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a mystery bug I found
I’ve attached a photo of several egg "casings" I found in my bedroom. I placed these casings (each between 1/4 – 1/2") in a plastic bag, and you can see some wormy-looking things popping out of some. They eventually turn into a thin brown bug with wings. What are these things ? (I live in South Florida).
Margie

Hi Margie,
That is quite a Cache of Case-Bearers you have there. These are moth larvae that build a protective case and usually feed on pet hair. They are an annoyance but basically benign.

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Mystery bug
I live in Guernsey Island, just off coast of Cherbourg peninsula. I have just seen a bug which looked a bit like a tiny hermit crab. It was a little larger than a grain of rice, and it’s shell or cocoon looked to be composed of tiny grains of grit and sand. A head and legs were just visible as it crawled along the top of a granite wall. Other cocoons, stationery, appeared to be fixed in crevices in the wall. Looking in books, I found it resembled a caddis fly larva – except it was not in water. I took a picture, but it is almost impossible to see the bug, as it matches its background so well. So here is my drawing. I’m intrigued as to what it might be.
Mike

Hi Mike,
You have Casebearing Moth Larva, Phereoeca fallax. They are harmless, and often feed on fallen pet hair. Your drawing is pretty great. You can see photos and get more information by visiting our clothesmoth page.

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What’s this bug?
I live in Southern California , about a mile from the beach. I have been seeing these in my house for about 2 years now. They are usually slowing climbing up a wall, but just yesterday my son found one on his shirt. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Michael

Hi Michael,
You have a Case-Bearing Moth Larva, Phereoeca fallax. They usually feed on pet hair and will not harm clothes.

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