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2005-09-09 11:07:32

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...

2005-09-09 08:47:55

PHOTO CAPTION: Chrysoesthia drurella (Fabr.) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae). Photographed by Keith Edkins Harmful Gelechiids Anacampsis sarcitella, pack moth Anarsia lineatella, peach twig borer Pectinophora gossypiella - pink bollworm, larvae bore into flowers and bolls of cotton Phthorimaea operculella - potato tuber moth Sitotroga cerealella - Angoumois grain moth Beneficial...

2005-09-09 07:53:35

PHOTO CAPTION: Megachile centuncularis (L.) a European leaf-cutter bee, cutting a Wisteria leaf. Photo taken by Keith Edkins The Megachilidae are a family of mainly solitary bees. They carry pollen in specialized structures called scopae. These scopae are located under the abdomen, rather than on the hind legs like in the honey bee. Megachilidae are commonly known as mason and leaf cutter...

2005-09-08 14:45:27

PHOTO CAPTION: Synanthedon tipuliformis (Photo taken by Keith Edkins) The Sesiidae (clearwing moths) are a family of the Lepidoptera in which the wings are transparent. Their bodies are generally striped with yellow, sometimes very brightly, and they have simple antennae. The general appearance is sufficiently similar to a wasp or hornet to make it likely that the moths gain a reduction in...

2005-09-08 12:30:15

PHOTO CAPTION: Elachista rufocinerea (Photo taken by Keith Edkins) The Elachistidae are a family of Lepidoptera (moths). Larvae have a wide variety of habits including leaf tiers, seed borers, and leaf or stem miners.

2005-09-08 12:23:38

PHOTO CAPTION: Eriothrix rufomaculata (Photo taken by Keith Edkins) The tachinid flies (family Tachinidae) are by far the largest and most important group of insect parasitic flies, with over 1300 species in North America. It is a diverse group with some resembling drab houseflies and others brilliantly colored. All species are parasitic in the larval stage, and many are important natural...

2005-09-08 12:08:02

PHOTO CAPTION: Five-spot Burnet moth, Zygaena trifolii (Photo taken by Keith Edkins) The Zygaenidae are a family of Lepidoptera (moths) typically day-flying with a slow fluttering flight, and with rather clubbed antennae. They generally have a metallic sheen and often prominent spots of red or yellow. The bright colors are a warning to predators that the moths are distasteful - they contain...

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