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Research Project: Systematics of Moths Significant to Biodiversity, Quarantine, and Control, with a Focus on Invasive Species

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: Overview: tympanal organs of Pyraloidea adults (Insecta: Lepidoptera)

item Solis, M Alma

Submitted to: World Wide Web
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/19/2017
Publication Date: 4/19/2017
Citation: Solis, M.A. 2017. Overview: tympanal organs of Pyraloidea adults (Insecta: Lepidoptera). World Wide Web.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: There are over 16,000 species of pyraloid or snout moths worldwide and many are pests of crops and stored products. The purpose of this video is to use a microscope to provide an in-depth look at the tympanal organs or "ears" that the moths use to evade bat predation. The two families of snout moths, Pyralidae and Crambidae, can be identified by the type of tympanal organ located below and at the base of the abdomen. This video will be useful to the public, other scientists, such as biological control researchers, to identify snout moths, and especially to quarantine specialists at U.S. ports to detect potential invasive snout moths.