Superfamily Pyraloidea – Pyralid and Snout Moths

Superfamily Pyraloidea – Pyralid and Snout Moths
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Family Pyralidae (Pyralid moths) and Family Cramidae (Crambid Snout Moths) include many important agricultural pest species. Live adult moths photographed in North America.
Snowy Urola Moth
A lovely pyralid, Snowy Urola Moth –  Urola nivalis

Family Pyralidae (Pyralid Moths)  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 [4]. Many economically important species: Indian meal moth, Clover hay-worm, Zimmerman pine moth, Sunflower head moth. The celery webworm is a pest on celery and alfala, among other vegetable and fodder crops [4].

There are five subfamilies and at least 6,150 species worldide. North America has approximately 565 species in five subfamilies.

Pondside Pyralid Moth - Munroessa icciusalis
Pondside Pyralid Moth
Orange-spotted Pyrausta Moth
Orange-spotted Pyrausta

Lucerne Moth

White-spotted Sable
Family Cramidae (Crambid Snout Moths) contains about 850 species in 9 subfamilies in North America, and about 11,630 described species in 15 subfamilies in the world, includes many important agricultural pest species.

Vagabond Crambus Moth
Eastern Grass-veneer Moth
Eastern Grass-veneer

Grape Leaf Folder

Crambus agitatellus

 Meal Moth
Pyralis farinalis – Meal Moth

Crambid Snout Moth
A lovely blue-eyed crambid

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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