Evolution of Phycitinae

With over 5000 described species, Phycitinae is the largest subfamily within Pyralidae, or snout moths.

A number of collaborators are involved in studies of taxonomic, phylogenetic, and evolutionary aspects within the Phycitinae subfamily.

The most prominent of these are:
  • a phylogenetic framework with focus on North American genera
  • construction of a bioinformatics website for cactus-feeding phycitines and their relatives
  • a study of the morphology and phylogenetic importance of Abdomen 8 modifications in male phycitines, using imaging techniques