Thursday, July 16, 2015

White shouldered house moth

A batch of white shouldered house moths hatched in my gallery following a children's activity to dissect barn owl pellets held here during my latest exhibition.

The larvae of these moths live off the fur of voles, which is regurgitated along with the bones in a barn owl pellets, and they are often found in and around birds nests.

It's interesting to think they have adapted from living off animal fur to be able to feed on natural fibres in people's houses.

Thankfully they are not as voracious as clothes moths and in any case we don't have any carpets in the gallery!

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