: a large family of moths comprising a heterogeneous assemblage of small or medium-sized, usually plainly colored, long-legged forms that typically have prominent labial palpi and hind wings that fold under the body or lay flat when at rest

Note: The usually unpigmented larvae of moths of the family Pyralidae commonly bore into seeds, fruits, or stems and include household, agricultural, and granary pests.

see crambidae , snout moth

Word History


New Latin, from Pyralis + -idae

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“Pyralidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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