Pyralidae

Pronunciation:  [Pie·WRAL·i·dee]

Common Name:  Snout moths, grass moths

Description:   This is a diverse family of small to medium-sized moths with thread-like antennae.   Many species are drab brown or gray in color, but some have distinctively patterned wings.   The labial palps are usually long and project forward or upward.  The hind wings have three anal veins.

Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Front wings elongate
  2. Labial pals are long and project forward or upward
  3. Hind wings with three anal veins

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Order:  Lepidoptera