Lucerne Moth – Nomophila nearctica

Lucerne Moth – Nomophila nearctica
Also known as Clover Nomophila or celery webworm moth.
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Larva commonly called false webworm. Live adult moths photographed at northern Illinois.
Lucerne Moth
The celery webworm is a pest on celery and alfala, among other vegetable and fodder crops [4].
Family Pyralidae – There are five subfamilies and at least 6,150 species worldwide. North America has approximately 565 species.

The Pyralids are agricultural pests; some are leaf tiers or leaf rollers; the majority are borers in stems, seeds, buds, or flowers. Some are wood borers in the cambium layer, others feed on combs in bee hives or on dried plant materials. Many economically important species: Indian meal moth, Clover hay-worm, Zimmerman pine moth, Sunflower head moth.

Lucerne Moth


  1. G.C. Merriam Co, Webster's Third New Int'l Dictionary 1981
  2. Arthur L. Antonelli, Ph.D., Gary L. Thomasson, Ph.D., Roy M. Davidson, USDA, Meal Moths
  3. Glenn A. Salsbury, Kansas Dept. of Agriculture, "COOPERATIVE ECONOMIC INSECT SURVEY"
Order Lepidoptera: Moths. Unlike the butterflies, moths are usually nocturnal. Many moths and their caterpillars are major agricultural pests in large parts of the world. Moths in the family Tineidae are commonly regarded as pests because their larvae eat fabrics, clothes and blankets made from natural fibers such as wool or silk. Moths in the genus Farinalis feed on stored grain, flour, corn meal and other milled grain products.
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