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Family Pyralidae - Pyralid Moths

American Plum Borer  - Euzophera semifuneralis A Pyralid Moth - Zophodia grossulariella Unknown Micromoth - Ephestiodes infimella Micro Moth - Plodia interpunctella Unknown Moth - Acrobasis These Tiny Gray Moths Yellow-based Cacozelia Moth - Cacozelia basiochrealis  Ambesa laetella - Ambesa laetella
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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 Pyralidae (Pyralid Moths)
Other Common Names
Snout moths
681 species in our area (1).
small to medium-size: wingspan usually between 9 and 37 mm
Below is a guide to the local subfamilies of Pyralidae. The images included are meant to be illustrative of the general appearance of each subfamily as an aid for narrowing down possibilities for identification. While the commonest elements of forewing maculation in each subfamily are represented, many patterns are not.

Print References
Scholtens B.G., Solis M.A. (2015) Annotated check list of the Pyraloidea (Lepidoptera) of America North of Mexico. ZooKeys 535: 1–136 (1)
Solis M.A. (2007) Phylogenetic studies and modern classification of the Pyraloidea (Lepidoptera). Rev. Colomb. Entomol. 33: 1-8 (read online)
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.