Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Not sure what

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Three days ago all of a sudden I saw a bug flying really fast near my desk in my bedroom.  I went over to see what it was.  It was small,  body was totally white. It looked like a moth but not sure if it was a moth.

Are any moths pure white?  Or are there other bugs that look similar to moths but arent moths?  

I had no choice but to kill it.  

I CANNOT SEND A PICTURE WITH THIS BECAUSE I TRIED LOOKING FOR A PICTURE ONLINE AND CANNOT FIND ANY

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Dear Debbie - Yes to both. There are moths that are pure white, and there are other insects that can be mistaken for moths. I'm very sorry that you felt you had to kill it, as the vast majority of insects that accidentally get indoors are completely harmless. All I can suggest is that should you see another, please try to obtain a clear photo.
Sincerely,
Saugy

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Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.

Experience

21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Organizations
Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

Publications
American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

Education/Credentials
B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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