Crambinae

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Crambinae
Crambus perlella (Edkins).jpg
Crambus perlella
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Suborder: Ditrysia
Superfamily: Pyraloidea
Family: Crambidae
Subfamily: Crambinae
Latreille, 1810
Tribes

Argyriini
Chilini
Crambini
and see text

Synonyms

Ancylolomiinae

Crambinae is a large subfamily of the lepidopteran family Crambidae, the crambid snout moths. It currently includes over 1,800 species worldwide. The larvae are root feeders or stem borers, mostly on grasses. A few species are pests of sod grasses, maize, sugar cane, rice, and other Poaceae. The monophyly of this group is supported by the structure of the tympanal organs and the phallus attached medially to the juxta.

Taxonomists' opinions differ as to the correct placement of the Crambidae, some authorities treating them as a subfamily of the family Pyralidae. If this is done, the present group would be demoted to tribe status, as Crambini.

Crambinae taxonomy[edit]

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