The Pyralidae or snout-moths are a family of Lepidoptera (moths).

In many classifications, the Crambidae or grass-moths have been treated as a sub-division of the Pyralidae, the combination being one of the largest families in the Lepidoptera. The latest review by Munroe & Solis, in Kristensen (1999) retains the Crambidae as a full family.

Harmful Pyralids

  • Sunflower moth Homoeosoma nebulella
  • Meal Moth Pyralis farinalis – cosmopolitan, larvae infest store grain
  • European Corn Borer Moth Ostrinia nubilalis

PHOTO CAPTION: Bee moth Aphomia sociella (L.) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). Photo taken by Keith Edkins