Pyralid Moths 
Figs Pyralid Moth
Yellow-brown Pyralid Moth
Yellow-red Pyralid Moth
Gragaloo Pyralid Moth
Grass Caterpillar
Brown-yellow Pyralid Moth
Beet Webworm 
Tree Lucerne Moth 
Bird-Dropping Pyralid Moth 


Pyralid Moths and the closely related families

Order Lepidoptera

This page contains pictures and information about Adults and Larvae of Pyralid Moths and the closely related families that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.


Classification :  



This is a small moth family. Moths in family Pterophoridae are known as Plume Moths. Plume Moths are from small to medium in size. They are easily recognized. When rest, they hold out their wings hight and at right angle to their long thin body. 

Superfamily HYBLAEOIDEA 

Hyblaeidae is a small moth family. Moths in this family have strong thorax, small head and long palps. 

Superfamily PYRALOIDEA 

Family PYRALIDAE was recently split into CRAMBIDAE and PYRALIDAE.  In general, moths in this two families rest with wings in triangular shape. They are small in size and have relatively long legs.
Their caterpillars have many different types of habits. Most are concealed feeder, living in lives tied with silk, in silken webs or in leaf cases jointed by silk. Some bore in stems or fruits while some live in plant materials on ground or in soil.

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7. Northern Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.
8. Australian Moths Online - CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences 2011. 

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Last updated: August 20, 2011.