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 (pī-răl′ĭd, pĭr′ə-lĭd) also py·ral·i·did (pī-răl′ĭ-dĭd)
Any of numerous usually small long-legged moths of the family Pyralidae, some of which have larvae that damage crops or stored food.
Of or belonging to the family Pyralidae.

[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.]


(Animals) any moth of the mostly tropical family Pyralidae, typically having narrow forewings and broad fringed hind wings: includes the bee moths and the corn borer
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the family Pyralidae
[C19: via New Latin from Greek puralis: a mythical winged insect believed to live in fire, from pur fire]


(ˈpɪr ə lɪd)

1. any of numerous slender-bodied moths of the family Pyralidae, with elongated triangular forewings.
2. belonging or pertaining to the family Pyralidae.
[1580–90; < New Latin Pyralidae=Pyral(is) type genus (Latin pyrallis an insect thought to live in fire < Greek pyralís; akin to pŷr fire) + -idae -id2]
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Noun1.pyralid - usually tropical slender-bodied long-legged moth whose larvae are crop pests
moth - typically crepuscular or nocturnal insect having a stout body and feathery or hairlike antennae
family Pyralidae, family Pyralididae, Pyralidae, Pyralididae - bee moths; corn borers; flour moths
bee moth, Galleria mellonella, wax moth - moth whose larvae live in and feed on bee honeycombs
corn borer moth, European corn borer moth, Pyrausta nubilalis, corn borer - native to Europe; in America the larvae bore into the stem and crown of corn and other plants
Anagasta kuehniella, Mediterranean flour moth - small moth whose larvae damage stored grain and flour
cacao moth, Ephestia elutella, tobacco moth - small moth whose larvae feed on tobacco and other dried plant products
almond moth, Cadra cautella, fig moth - a moth whose larvae feed on and mat together with webbing various stored products of vegetable origin
Cadra figulilella, raisin moth - moth whose larvae attack dried fruits and cereal products
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The bibliographic records indicate the occurrence of at least 69 species of Lepidoptera representatives of Tortricoidea, Pyraloidea (Table 1), Bombycoidea, Hesperioidea, Geometroidea (Table 2), and Noctuoidea (Table 3), whose larvae have been found feeding on soybean.
2004) used partial sequence data from two mitochondrial genes, COII and 16S, to construct a molecular phylogeny of Noctuidae and Pyraloidea based on 26 species from ten genera and six tribes.
Chelonus pertenece a la subfamilia Cheloninae (Shaw 1997), son endoparasitoides koinobiontes solitarios de huevos y larvas de lepidopteros, especialmente de barrenadores de tallos, brotes o frutas como Tortricoidea y Pyraloidea (Shenefelt 1973).
A couple of caterpillars were collected and were subsequently shown to belong to the micromoth superfamily Pyraloidea using the key given by Solis (2006).
Although pteridophagy, or fern-feeding, is considered uncommon among Lepidoptera, there are examples of fern-feeders throughout the most diverse superfamilies of Ditrysia, the Noctuoidea, Geometroidea, and Pyraloidea, and also in primitive moth groups such as Tineoidea and Gelechioidea (e.
Viraktamath, principal investigator, ICAR Network Project on Insect Biosystematics, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangaluru 560 065, for his constant encouragement, constructive suggestions, and motivation to carry out work on Pyraloidea.