I noticed this moth (?) on my sofa yesterday. It matched the color of the sofa, so it was pretty hard to see. It's about an inch long, with a yellow body and light brown wings. I think it's a T. bisselliella. I'm from Kerala, South India.

The moth I saw

The wings:

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    $\begingroup$ This is not a Clothing moth, they are not so yellow and are much smaller, about 7-10 mm (1/3 inch). Please add a picture of the wings if possible, and rhe location it was found, that will make it easier to identify. $\endgroup$ – RHA Sep 1 '17 at 9:32
  • $\begingroup$ Try bugguide.net they are really good at this. $\endgroup$ – futurebird Sep 2 '17 at 16:46
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    $\begingroup$ @futurebird We're really good at this too. ;) $\endgroup$ – Charles Sep 3 '17 at 21:09

I'm quite certain that this is an owlet moth that belongs to the species Asota caricae. It has the nickname "Tiger Moth", and is commonly found in the tropics of India.

I would like to note though that your first picture is somewhat misleading, just from where the flash washes the color so much. Because of this, I decided to more heavily rely on the second image than the first, which exhibits orange instead of yellow.

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  • $\begingroup$ This is it, but the eyes weren't this blue and the legs were pretty different. $\endgroup$ – Aravind Suresh Sep 7 '17 at 16:11
  • $\begingroup$ @AravindSuresh I'm gald to hear it :) Regarding the eye color, I believe the specific camera used changed the purple to a blue. See here for a discussion of this effect. As for the legs, I think they look fairly similar.. can you tell me what you think looks different between the two? Just trying to refine my identification process. Thanks :) $\endgroup$ – Charles Sep 7 '17 at 16:25
  • $\begingroup$ The legs were not this gray, and not this big. Almost not this scary. But this is it anyway, I think the one I saw was younger than the one in the photo. $\endgroup$ – Aravind Suresh Sep 8 '17 at 16:32

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