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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 larvae (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 larvae (Insecta: Lepidoptera). World Wide Web.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: The larvae of pyraloid or snout moths are pests to many crops and stored products and rank as among the most destructive pests to graminaceous crops such as corn, sugarcane, and rice. On the other hand, some larvae have been investigated and used for the biological control of noxious terrestrial and aquatic weeds. The purpose of this video is twofold: to describe the diverse larval habits and concealed feeding strategies of snout moths and to provide tools using morphology to identify snout moth larvae to family and subfamily, and especially the genus Diatraea whose larvae feed on economically important grasses. This video will be useful to the public, other scientists, such as biological control researchers, to identify snout moth larvae, and especially to quarantine specialists at U.S. ports to detect potentially invasive snout moth larvae.