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Grammodes geometrica
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Zünsler
• English: pyralid moths
snout moths
• Español: pirálidos
• Français: pyralidés

Pyralidae - (pyralid moths)

This is a large family of moths with more than 5000 species, including many plant and storage pests. They are usually medium-size moths with a wingspan of 1-3 cm. The larvae are often borers, attacking stems and fruits of plants or stored products. The wax moths are pests in bee hives.

The Pyralidae can be distinguished from the related family of Crambidae by the wing venation and the structure of the tympanic organs. The family includes the subfamilies Galleriinae and Phycitinae which are sometimes regarded as separate families.

For details see the respective page in Wikipedia.

This page deals with plant pests only. For weed bioagents see Pyralidae (weed bioagents).

The following genera and individual species are currently entered under Pyralidae: