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Subfamily Pyraustinae

Pyrausta tyralis Loxostege albiceralis - Hodges #4993 - Loxostege albiceralis Mint-loving Pyrausta Moth - Hodges#5071 - Pyrausta acrionalis Moth 041415 ID - Ostrinia 4987 Dimorphic Sitochroa Moth - Sitochroa chortalis - female Speranza argillacearia?? - Sitochroa palealis - female Loxostege sticticalis Pyrausta bicoloralis - Bicolored Pyrausta - Hodges#5040 - Pyrausta bicoloralis
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Pyraloidea (Pyralid and Crambid Snout Moths)
Family Crambidae (Crambid Snout Moths)
Subfamily Pyraustinae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Formerly a subfamily of Pyralidae; now considered a subfamily of Crambidae (see Butterflies & Moths of the World)
157 species in 31 genera in our area (1).
Slender body; broad wings as in Geometer moths, but abdomen as long or longer than hind wings (in most Geometers, the abdomen is shorter than the hind wings). Many species are brightly colored and boldly patterned.
Predominantly tropical but represented throughout United States and southern Canada.
Life Cycle
Larvae fold leaves or bore in stems and fruits of food plants.
Print References

Solis, M. Alma (2007) Phylogenetic studies and modern classification of the Pyraloidea (Lepidoptera) (read online)
Internet References
Moths of the Grenadines - links to pinned adult images (Matthew Barnes)
Works Cited
1.Annotated check list of the Pyraloidea (Lepidoptera) of America North of Mexico
Scholtens, B.G., Solis, A.M. 2015. ZooKeys 535: 1–136. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.535.6086.
2.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.