The group pyraloidea includes more than 25,000 described species, with many species yet to be named.

Pyraloidea are sometimes called 'snout moths' because of the long labial palpi of many species. Their wing patterns and colours are very diverse worldwide and some species have a shiny appearance.

The larvae of many species feed on:

The larvae of many species feed on:

  • stems
  • fruits

Some species of this group of moths are widely known as pests particularly of valuable crops such as sugarcane and rice.  

Unusual biologies

A number of species have unusual biologies. The aptly named Wax moth larvae live in honeybee nests and Sloth moth adults hitch a ride on the backs of the sloths.  

About the name

The name pyraloidea is from the Greek pyra meaning fire.