Carposinidae, Walsingham, 1897

Pohl, Greg, Anweiler, Gary, Schmidt, Christian & Kondla, Norbert, 2010, An annotated list of the Lepidoptera of Alberta, Canada, ZooKeys 38 (38), pp. 1-549: 138-139

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44. Carposinidae  – fruitworm moths

Small to medium-sized (10–38 mm wingspan) moths with moderately broad lanceolate wings. Superficially, these moths resemble tortricids or small crambids. Most species are gray, and the males of most species have irregular patches of raised scales. The status of the group is uncertain; they are likely subordinate within the Copromorphi- dae. No easily observed features distinguish them from other groups of moths. The larvae are endophytic within fruits and galls.

Approximately 270 species of Carposinidae  are known worldwide. Eleven species are known from North America, one of these occurs in AB. Th e group was treated by Davis (1968).

844 * S h Carposina sasakii Matsumura, 1900 Jun  – B g T: Davis (1968) L: Bowman (1951) C: UASM

845 R Bondia comonana (Kearfott, 1907)  May – Jun M B g T: Davis (1968) L: Bowman (1951), Davis (1968) C: CNC, NFRC, UASM

846 R Bondia crescentella (Walsingham, 1882) L Apr  – May – B g T: Davis (1968) L: Bowman (1951), Pohl et al. (2004b) C: NFRC, UASM


45. Pyralidae  – pyralid moths

A diverse family of moths that can be separated from all other moths except the Crambidae  by the presence of tympanal chambers on the base of the abdomen, in the space between the thorax and abdomen. They can be separated from the Crambidae  by having the tympanal organs almost completely closed and by the lack of a large flap over the tympana. Larvae have diverse feeding habits.

The Pyralidae  is a large group that reaches its highest diversity in the temperate and tropical regions. Th e family is incompletely known taxonomically, with much of the work scattered among older publications. Approximately 6100 species are known worldwide; 674 have been reported in North America, of which 87 are reported herein from AB.

45.1. Galleriinae 

Small to medium-sized (15–35 mm wingspan) moths with stout bodies and moderately broad wings, often resembling Noctuidae  . No easily observed characters distinguish them from other pyralid moths. Larvae feed on dried protein and carbohydrates; several species are pests in stored products and bees’ nests.

Approximately 260 species of Galleriinae  are known worldwide; 30 species are known in North America, one of which occurs in indoor settings in AB. The subfamily Galleriinae  is poorly known taxonomically, and no revisionary work has been done on the North American fauna in over 50 years. However, the pest species are covered in numerous applied publications.