Californian Snout Moth


Common Name: Californian Snout Moth

Order Name: Lepidoptera

Family Name: Pyralidae

This Pyralid Grass Moth display the protruding labial palps mouthparts characteristic of this group of moths. Flying in the daytime, this moth was found in Coyote Creek Park in the San Francisco Bay Area. This moth was frequenting flower blossoms. Pyralid moths are an interesting group with some species feeding on aquatic plants. Some are pests to grain crops while others feed on wax and can damage bee hives. A few have developed a special abdominal ear which can detects the sonar signals emitted from bats.