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Scientific Name: Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Common Name: Brown House Moth
Hofmannophila pseudospretella, more commonly known as the Brown House Moth, is a species of the concealer moth family (Oecophoridae), wherein it belongs to subfamily Oecophorinae. A very familiar moth to most of us, this species is found throughout the British Isles and is often found on indoor walls as evening draws in.
On the wing at any time of the year but is most commonly seen in summer. Originally an Asian species, it was probably introduced into Europe through human activity in the 19th century. The general appearance is fairly constant but the species does show a large size variation, with a wingspan between 16 and 26 mm. The larvae feed on detritus and other material that accumulates indoors behind skirting boards and other similar places.
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