Crambidae (various forms of concealed feeding)

9,655 approximate described species

Chief Distribution


Major Hosts of Concern

Sugarcane, rice, maize, Sorghum

Further Diagnosis

Tufts of erect scales on vertex particularly between antennae; forewing R2 close to or stalked with R3+4, R5 often curved and approximated to R3+4 and usually stalked, M1 arising near anterior angle of cell, M2, M3 and CuA1 from posterior angle or near to cell, CuP usually a fold for distal part as weak tubular vein, 1A+2A strongly developed ending on termen near the tornus; hindwing M2, M3 and CuA1 from posterior angle of cell or near it, at times M2 and M3 stalked or fused, CuP, 1A+2A and 3A present; legs usually long and slender (Common 1990, Kristensen 1999).


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