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Hofmannophila pseudospretella (Brown house moth)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Oecophoridae
Genus: Hofmannophila
Species: H. pseudospretella
Binomial name: Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Common name: Brown House Moth

Hofmannophila pseudospretella is a species of the concealer moth family Oecophoridae. It is the only known member of its genus Hofmannophila. It is thought to have been originally a native to Asia. It has been introduced to other regions by human activity and is found almost worldwide and is most abundant in temperate regions. Its most often associated with houses and apartments is considered a pest due to the feeding activity of its caterpillars.
The adults are bronze-brown with darker flecks in the forewings. Adults range in size 8 to 14 mm long, with a wingspan of 17 to 25 mm. Adult males are smaller than females. The adults fly all year round.
The larvae of the Hofmannophila pseudospretella moth are white with a brown head capsule and reach a length of 18 to 20 mm when mature. They feed on organic detritus that accumulates indoors, e.g. behind skirting boards and other similar places. It is a minor pest of carpet, cork, cereals, cereal products, seeds, dried fruit, dried plants, fur, wool, feathers, leather, book bindings and paper.