5881 Hi, I found a number of these bugs in the space above my garage in Nova Scotia. Last year and this year a woodpecker has done considerable damage and I just discovered why (I think). What is it and how do I get rid of them? Thank you, Liam
This little moth would not be the source/cause of your woodpecker damage. Woodpeckers go after wood-boring insects, and neither this moth nor its larva (caterpillar) would bore in wood. Although I cannot provide a specific i.d., this moth belongs to one of the families collectively known as microlepidoptera (see http://tinyurl.com/jhgjvxy). The vast majority of caterpillars in this grouping feed within the leaves, stems, or seeds of various plants; see http://tinyurl.com/hx3zsu7 for an example. A few others feed on bits of organic matter found in the nests of birds or small rodents, see http://tinyurl.com/hras2h2 for an example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.