Thank you to everyone who replied with the ID of the caterpillar, I did not
realise that they moult their skin, fascinating!
Hopefully it is a one off and not a sign of an infestation, I might try a
couple of moth pheromone traps and see if any adult moths show up.
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Yes this is most likely to be the larva of one of the 'house moths', possibly a
tineid (Tineidae), but possibly an oecophorid (Oecophoridae).
An interesting observation being that there is one caterpillar plus two head
capsules - this frequently occurs with larvae stuck on monitoring traps. They
moult their skin which liberates them from the glue but then become stuck again
very quickly, hence another moult and so forth. They sometimes feed on the shed
skin, leaving the cast head capsule - you will note that the head capsules get
incrementally smaller with each moult as reserves are used up.
I have seen up to 5 moults on traps and even larvae that have managed to
escaped the trap in doing so. I have observed this behaviour in both tineid
moths and Anthrenus larvae (Dermestidae).
On 9 February 2017 at 12:25, Louis Sorkin
These look like caterpillars. Could be a tineid moth species. You'll have to
do some sleuthing to find out what could be infested.
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Subject: [pestlist] Help identifying larvae
I would really appreciate some help identifying the larvae in the attached
photo, they are about 5mm long and were found on a pest trap next to a coat
stand so it is possible they have been brought in on a coat. Could they be
clothes moth larvae or are they too small?
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