Pyralid Moths

The term pyralid moth is used to refer to members of the superfamily Pyraloidea, which includes members of the Pyralidae and Crambidae families. These contain some of the most attractive and noticeable species amongst the microlepidoptera fauna of the British Isles. They occur widely, in a multitude of habitats, are often abundant and can be encountered both by day and by night, which makes them very accessible to everyone. A number of species are also very restricted in range and threatened. These factors make pyralid moth an ideal target group for Moth Night.

Atropos Publishing is launching a new field guide to the pyralid moths later this year, covering all 241 species that have been recorded in the British Isles.

As many species of pyralid are day-flying, they can be seen without the need for a moth-trap, and some can be very colourful and relatively easy to identify.


Images - left to right:

Gold Triangle Hypsopygia costalis (Patrick Clement); Small Magpie Anania hortulata (Iain Leach); Endotricha flammealis (Patrick Clement); Anania funebris (Bob Eade); Sitochroa palealis (Patrick Clement); Cydia dentalis (Patrick Clement) and Brown China Mark Elophila nymphaeata (Patrick Clements).  Many thanks to the photographers for allowing the use of their images.