Caterpillars tattletale to police

Clothes moth larvae snack on hair from corpses, providing police with genetic clues

By Tia Ghose, 00:00 AM December 10, 2008

A casemaking clothes moth caterpillar crawls around partly surrounded by its long, lumpy case. Now scientists have found a caterpillar case (not this one) that incorporated hair from a nearby abandoned human body. Using the DNA in the hair can help invest

A casemaking clothes moth caterpillar crawls around partly surrounded by its long, lumpy case. Now scientists have found a caterpillar case (not this one) that incorporated hair from a nearby abandoned human body. Using the DNA in the hair can help invest

Clemson University/USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series, Bugwood.org

Clothes moth caterpillars may be a nuisance for your wardrobe, munching holes through sweaters and socks. But the pests don’t just eat clothing, they also feast on h...

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