Botys

Belongs within: Pyraloidea. Botys is a genus of moths characterised by two distinct pairs of palpi with one pair being smaller than the other (Latreille 1802). Larvae of B. colonum live communally in a tough silk web. Characters (from Latreille 1802): Four distinct palpi, two of which are smaller and applied to the others. Antennae… Continue reading Botys

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Pyraloidea

Belongs within: Obtectomera.Contains: Pyraustinae, Spilomelinae, Schoenobiinae, Scopariinae, Crambinae, Botys, Galleriinae, Pyralinae, Nymphulinae, Epipaschiinae, Anerastiini. The Pyraloidea, snout moths, are a diverse group of moths bearing tympanic organs at the anterior of the abdomen. Members of this group may be divided into families based on the structure of these organs which are open in the Crambidae… Continue reading Pyraloidea

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Crambus

Belongs within: Crambini. Crambus, the sod webworms, is a diverse genus of pale-coloured moths whose larvae feed primarily on grasses. Characters (from Latreille 1802): Wings elongate, narrow, molded to the body. Four forward-directed palps, furnished with scales, forming an almost conical beak; terminal segment short. Crambus Fabricius 1798LLN19 |–C. argyreusG20 |–C. carneusL02 |–C. cuneiferellus [incl.… Continue reading Crambus

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Scopariinae

Belongs within: Pyraloidea. Scoparia is a genus of moths distinguished from the closely related Eudoria by their non-retractile ovipositor. A brief spotlight on scopariines Published 16 March 2022 The moths of the Pyraloidea are perhaps one of the more under-appreciated sectors of lepidopteran diversity. With many thousands of species, they comprise a significant proportion of… Continue reading Scopariinae

Anerastiini

Belongs within: Pyraloidea. The Anerastiini is a group of moths with caterpillars feeding on grass stems (Horak 2003). Characters (from Horak 2003): Proboscis reduced. Male genitalia with bipartite uncus; gnathos tip laterally or apically conspicuously flattened. Female with dorsal excavation in hind margin of T8; signum (if present) in form of sclerotised plate with scattered… Continue reading Anerastiini

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