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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: 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: 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 twofold: to provide an overview of the current, modern classification of snout moths and to provide tools using morphology to identify adult snout moths to family and subfamily. The genus Diatraea is covered in detail because its larvae rank as among the most destructive pests to graminaceous crops, such as corn, sugarcane, and rice, and they have adults that are externally difficult to identify. 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 potentially invasive snout moths.