Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of numerous small or medium-sized moths of the diverse, widely distributed family Pyralidae.
  • adj. Of or belonging to the family Pyralidae.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any moth of the family Pyralidae

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any moth of the family Pyralidæ. The species are numerous and mostly small, but some of them are very injurious, as the bee moth, meal moth, hop moth, and clover moth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Resembling a moth of the family Pyralidæ; belonging to this family; pyralideous.
  • n. A pyralid moth; any member of the Pyralidæ or Pyralidina.
  • n. Also pyralidine.
  • n. A European species, Erastria scitula, introduced into California, whose larva preys on the black scale, Lecanium oleæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. usually tropical slender-bodied long-legged moth whose larvae are crop pests

Etymologies

From New Latin Pyralidae, family name, from Pyralis, type genus, from Greek puralis, puralid-, an insect said to live in fire, from pūr, fire; see pyre.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Behind the glass-panelled doors are tiers of drawers full of mounted specimens of his beloved pyralid moths, and others.

    Wildwood

  • The most common applications are pheromone-baited traps for survey, detection and monitoring of pyralid moths,

    10. Integrated pest management

  • Males of the pyralid moths E. cautella, E. kuehniella and P. interpunctella can even be captured with the same compound which renders monitoring comparatively economic in this case.

    10. Integrated pest management

  • The pyralid moths Plodia interpunctella and species of Ephestia are particularly sensitive against this bacterium.

    10. Integrated pest management

  • · The pyralid moth Hypsipyla sp. (attacks neem shoots in Australia).

    3 The Tree

  • The tineid often occurs as a secondary pest after the pyralid moth when the plant has already lost moisture due to the pyralid moth.

    4 Yams

  • The most important insect pests of stored yam tubers are a pyralid moth (Euzopherodes vapidella) and a moth (Tineidae sp).

    4 Yams

  • Deltamethrin is recommended for the control of tineid and pyralid moths.

    4 Yams

  • The pyralid moth normally infests the tubers shortly after the harvest it lays its eggs in existing wounds but can also penetrate the epidermis for this purpose The pyralid moth prefers D. alata varieties, which in to other varieties have a high water content Infestation causes a loss of substance in the tuber.

    4 Yams

  • The moth's larvae can eat out the infested tuber within a month leaving only the corked epidermis Both species seem to be gaining in importance in the region of West Africa although in the past the pyralid moth was only widespread in Nigeria.

    4 Yams

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