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Subfamily Pyraustinae

Pyrausta orphisalis Pyrausta californicalis  - Pyrausta californicalis - female  Hodges#5060 (Pyrausta insequalis)? - Pyrausta insequalis Under sycamore's bark 4984  - Helvibotys pucilla Unknown moth - Loxostege cereralis White Moth - Sitochroa palealis Lost in Loxostege? - Pyrausta linealis
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Classification
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)
Numbers
157 species in 31 genera in our area (1).
Identification
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.
Range
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
(2)
(1)

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.