Crambidae
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Crambidae

A very varied family divided into a number of subfamilies:

Crambinae (the grass moths) with long narrow wings usually with longitudinal white or pale streaks which rest cryptically head downwards on grass stems from which they can easily be disturbed in the day. Their larvae feed in the rootstocks of grasses and sedges.

Acentropinae the China Marks and Water Veneer whose larvae feed in or under the water surface on aquatic plants.

Schoenobiinae are larger elongate moths whose larvae feed in the stems and shoots of reeds, sedges, grasses and bur-reeds in aquatic habitats.

Scopariinae are very similar looking species with short broad greyish forewings. They rest on tree trunks, rocks and walls from which they can be disturbed in the day, often flying back again if not alarmed, when they dive down into nearby grass and vegetation. Larvae of some species feed on mosses, some on roots and stems of herbaceous plants and decaying leaves, and some on lichens.

Glaphyrinae are broad winged pale ochreous to yellow moths whose larvae feed on Cruciferae.

Pyraustinae have triangular broad wings, some brightly coloured and marked with purple and yellow, and many are active by day and fly in sunshine.

Spilomelinae are the archetypical Pyraloid moths, resting with their broad triangular wings forming an arrow shape with projecting palps. Their larvae mostly feed on herbaceous plants. They include many migrant species to the U.K.

 Pyraustinae
63.002 1368 Loxostege sticticalis
Diamond-spot Pearl
63.003 1367 Pyrausta cingulata
Silver-barred Sable
63.005 1365 Pyrausta despicata
Straw-barred Pearl
63.006 1361 Pyrausta aurata
Small Purple & Gold or Mint Moth
63.007 1362 Pyrausta purpuralis
Common Purple & Gold
63.008 1363 Pyrausta ostrinalis
Scarce Purple & Gold
63.009 1366 Pyrausta nigrata
Wavy-barred Sable
63.011 1369 Uresiphita gilvata
Yellow-underwing Pearl
63.014 1370 Sitochroa palealis
Sulphur Pearl
63.015 1371 Sitochroa verticalis
Lesser Pearl
63.016 1386 Anania fuscalis
Cinerous Pearl
63.017 1377 Anania lancealis
Long-winged Pearl
63.018 1378 Anania coronata
Elder Pearl
63.020 1380 Anania perlucidalis
Fenland Pearl
63.022 1385 Anania crocealis
Ochreous Pearl
63.024 1381 Anania funebris
White-spotted Sable
63.025 1376 Anania hortulata
Small Magpie
63.028 1375 Ostrinia nubilalis
European Corn-borer
63.029 1373 Paratalanta pandalis
Bordered Pearl
63.030 1374 Paratalanta hyalinalis
Translucent Pearl
 Spilomelinae
63.031 1395 Udea ferrugalis
Rusty-dot Pearl
63.033 1388 Udea lutealis
Pale Straw Pearl
63.034 1390 Udea prunalis
Dusky Pearl
63.037 1392 Udea olivalis
Olive Pearl
63.038 1405 Patania ruralis
Mother of Pearl
63.040 1397 Mecyna asinalis
Coastal Pearl
63.041 1410 Agrotera nemoralis
Beautiful Pearl
63.045 1401 Maruca vitrata
Mung Moth
63.046 1403a Duponchelia fovealis
Dark Marbled Tabby
63.047 1404 Spoladea recurvalis
Maize Moth
63.048 1408 Palpita vitrealis
Olive-tree Pearl
63.051 1400 Antigastra catalaunalis
Spanish Dot
63.052 1398 Nomophila noctuella
Rush Veneer
63.054 1409a Cydalima perspectalis
Box-tree Moth
 Glaphyriinae
63.057 1356 Evergestis forficalis
Garden Pebble
63.060 1358 Evergestis pallidata
Chequered Pearl
 Scopariinae
63.062 1332 Scoparia subfusca
Large Grey
63.063 1334a Scoparia basistrigalis
Base-lined Grey
63.064 1334 Scoparia ambigualis
Common Grey
63.065 1335 Scoparia ancipitella
Northern Grey
63.066 1333 Scoparia pyralella
Meadow Grey
63.067 1338 Eudonia lacustrata
Little Grey
63.068 1339 Eudonia murana
Moorland Grey
63.069 1342 Eudonia angustea
Narrow-winged Grey
63.072 1343 Eudonia delunella
Pied Grey
63.073 1340 Eudonia truncicolella
Ground-moss Grey
63.074 1344 Eudonia mercurella
Small Grey
63.075 1336 Eudonia pallida
Marsh Grey
 Crambinae
63.077 1290 Chilo phragmitella
Reed Veneer
63.079 1292 Calamotropha paludella
Bulrush Veneer
63.080 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella
Garden Grass-veneer
63.081 1294 Crambus pascuella
Inlaid Grass-veneer
63.083 1297 Crambus uliginosellus
Marsh Grass-veneer
63.085 1300 Crambus pratella
Scarce Grass-veneer
63.086 1301 Crambus lathoniellus
Hook-streak Grass-veneer
63.087 1299 Crambus hamella
Dark Grass-veneer
63.088 1302 Crambus perlella
Satin Grass-veneer
63.089 1305 Agriphila tristella
Common Grass-veneer
63.090 1306 Agriphila inquinatella
Barred Grass-veneer
63.091 1307 Agriphila latistria
White-streak Grass-veneer
63.092 1303 Agriphila selasella
Pale-streak Grass-veneer
63.093 1304 Agriphila straminella
Straw Grass-veneer
63.095 1309 Agriphila geniculea
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer
63.099 1313 Catoptria pinella
Pearl Grass-veneer
63.100 1314 Catoptria margaritella
Pearl-band Grass-veneer
63.102 1316 Catoptria falsella
Chequered Grass-veneer
63.107 1321 Thisanotia chrysonuchella
Powdered Grass-veneer
63.112 1325 Platytes alpinella
Hook-tipped Grass-veneer
 Acentropinae
63.114 1345 Elophila nymphaeata
Brown China-mark
63.115 1331 Acentria ephemerella
Water Veneer
63.116 1354 Cataclysta lemnata
Small China-mark
63.117 1348 Parapoynx stratiotata
Ringed China-mark
63.118 1350 Nymphula nitidulata
Beautiful China-mark
 Schoenobiinae
63.120 1328 Schoenobius gigantella
Giant Water-veneer
63.121 1329 Donacaula forficella
Pale Water-veneer
63.122 1330 Donacaula mucronella
Scarce Water-veneer
   

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