Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of numerous usually small long-legged moths of the family Pyralidae, some of which have larvae that damage crops or stored food.
  • adjective Of or belonging to the family Pyralidae.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any moth of the family Pyralidae

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

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

Etymologies

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

[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.]

Examples

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

    Wildwood

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

    Wildwood

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

    10. Integrated pest management

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

    3 The Tree

  • 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 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

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