- This page contains pictures and information about Pyralid Moths in family Crambidae
found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Family PYRALIDAE was recently split into CRAMBIDAE and PYRALIDAE. The
adults are still commonly known as Pyralid Moths.
- Pyralidae and Crambidae are the two very large Moths families. Moths in
these two familles usually rest with wings in triangular shape and put the first
pair of long legs in front, the two antennae pass top of their head and pointed backwards.
They often have visible maxillary palpi and labial palpi protrude forward in
front of the head. They
are from small to medium in size and have relatively long legs.
- Pyralid caterpillars have many different types of habits. Most are
concealed leaf-feeder, living in shelter of leaves tied with silks, in silken webs or in leaf
cases jointed by silk. Some bore in stems or fruits while some live in plant
materials on ground or in soil.
- This is a large subfamily. Moths in this subfamily are usually brightly
patterned. Forewings and hind wings usually have the same patterns. When
rest, their wings are more or less spread out. The body is often slender and
with long legs. The caterpillars usually join or fold green leaves as shelters
or burrow in fruits, seed and soft stem.
- Moths in this subfamily rest with their wings folded over the abdomen.
Caterpillars in this subfamily feed on grasses and sedges.
- 1. Moths
- family Pyralidae - lifeunseen.com by Nick Monaghan.
- 2. A Guide to Australian Moths - Paul Zborowski, Ted Edwards, CSIRO PUBLISHING, 2007,
- 3. Moths
of Australia - I. F. B. Common, Melbourne University Press, 1990,
p350 (CRAMBINAE ).
- 4. Northern
Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.
- 5. Pyralidae Pyraustinae - LeapFrogOz 2011.
- 6. Some
moths of PYRAUSTINAE in Australia - Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley,
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