Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella
The Cork Moth is a rather very small member of the big House Moths family. It can become a pest at times. The Cork Moth flies from May to October, even though sometimes the first specimens can be seen in small numbers from March onwards. This species has been seen flying in sunshine frequently. In nature the caterpillars live on dead and decaying wood, detatched bark and toadstools, mushrooms and mould. The larvae will however also eat stored fresh and dried vegetables, stored cork and cork products and even wine barrels. Having a wingspan of some 15 mm the Cork Moth has the typical moth size. It is not easily identified, for sometimes it is much brighter than usually and there are a number of look-a-likes. Most of these are rare however. With the products mentioned man has transported this species to Northern America as well, where it succesfully became a pest too.