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.
- 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
- Hyblaeidae is a small moth family. Moths in this family have strong
thorax, small head and long palps.
- 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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of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 817.
- 2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus
& Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p396.
- 3. Caterpillars
of Australian Moths - Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley, 2007
- 4. MOTH FAMILIES - Some Australian Moths from South-East Queensland, Ian McMillan, 2006.
- 5. Moths of Australia
- I. F. B. Common, Melbourne University Press, 1990.
- 6. Moths
of Australia - Bernard D'Abrera, Lansdowne Press, Melbourne, 1974.
- 7. Northern
Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.
- 8. Australian
Moths Online - CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences 2011.
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