Clothes Moth

The two most commonly encountered clothing moths in the Kansas City area are the webbing clothes moth (Image 1) and the case-making clothes moth (Image 2). Both are worldwide in distribution, although within the United States the latter is more common in the southern United States. Its common name comes from the silken tube/case spun by the larva and which is carried about wherever it goes (Image 3).

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Carpet Beetle

The varied carpet beetle probably gets its common name because there is great variation in the color pattern on its dorsal surface. This species is known to cause dermatitis in humans. It is worldwide in distribution and is found throughout the United States.

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