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Moth

MOTH (עָשׁ, H6932, all Eng. VSS; σής, G4962). With one exception (see below) all contexts show this to be the clothes moth, e.g. “like a garment that is moth-eaten” (Job 13:28). Small moths of the family Tineidae are now largely confined to human surroundings and have been serious destroyers of clothes, fur and feather since early times. Soon after emerging from the pupae the female moths lay eggs among clothes and damage has already started before they are seen flying. The larvae are up to half an inch long, and they make a silk-lined case, covered with debris, out of which only the head protrudes. They feed on a range of fibers, but clothes seldom are damaged if they are thoroughly clean and dry.