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Subfamily Phycitinae

Indian Meal Moth  - Plodia interpunctella Moth - Homoeosoma electellum Acrobasis comptella m - Olybria aliculella Moth Laetilia coccidivora Arizona Moth - Macrorrhinia aureofasciella Elasmopalpus lignosella? - Elasmopalpus lignosella
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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)
Subfamily Phycitinae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Anerastiinae, Hypsotropinae, Peoriinae
Explanation of Names
Phycitinae Ragonot 1885
539 species in 155 genera in our area(1)
The larvae are leaf rollers and borers in various parts of plants, although a few are known to be predators of Homoptera (e.g., Laetilia). Cactoblastis cactorum, the Opuntia biocontrol agent in various countries, in recent years has become invasive in the US (Solis et al. 2004).
includes many stored product pests, including Plodia, Cadra, Ectomyelois, and Etiella
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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.The cactus-feeding Phycitinae: A contribution toward a revision of the American Pyralidoid moths of the family Phycitidae
Carl Heinrich. 1939. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 86(3053): 331-413.
3.American moths of the subfamily Phycitinae
Carl Heinrich. 1956. United States National Museum Bulletin 207: 1-581.
4.Phylogeny of the cactus-feeding Phycitines and their relatives (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae) based on .....
Thomas J. Simonsen . 2008. Insect Systems Evolution 39:3.
5.Phylogenetic studies and modern classification of the Pyraloidea (Lepidoptera)
M. Alma Solis. 2007. Revista Colombiana de Entomología 33 (1): 1-9.