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A total of 26 results were found at 21:13 on 24th May 2024 when searching for Pyralidae.


  • Achyra affinitalis (Lederer, 1863) 
    Family: Pyralidae

    Synonyms: Botys affinitalis Lederer, 18634, Nymphula sordida Butler, 1886, Scopula turbidalis Walker, 1866, Scopula ustalis Walker, 1866. Common names: weed web moth cotton webspinner, Webworm.
  • Cactoblastis cactorum (Berg, 1885) 
    Family: Pyralidae

    Synonym: Zophodia cactorum Berg, 1885. Common name: Cactoblastis moth.
  • Cadra cautella (Walker, 1863) 
    Family: Pyralidae

    Synonyms: Cadra defectella Walker, 1864, Cryptoblabes formosella Wileman & South, 1918, Ephestia irakella Amsel, 1959, Ephestia passulella Barrett, 1875, Ephestia pelopis Turner, 1947, Ephestia rotundatella Turati, 1930, Nephopteryx desuetella Walker, 1866, Pempelia cautella Walker, 1863. Common name: tropical warehouse moth.
  • Cadra corniculata Horak, 1994 
    Family: Pyralidae

  • Cadra figulilella (Gregson, 1871) 
    Family: Pyralidae

    Synonyms: Cadra figulilella halfaella Roesler, 1965, Ephestia ernestinella Turati, 1927, Ephestia ficulella Barrett, 1875, Ephestia figulella Curran, 1926, Ephestia figuliella Forbes, 1923, Ephestia figulilella Gregson, 1871, Ephestia gypsella Ragonot, 1887, Ephestia milleri Zeller, 1876, Ephestia.... Common name: Raisin moth.
  • Cadra perfasciata Horak, 1994 
    Family: Pyralidae

  • Catamola thyrisalis Walker, 1858 
    Family: Pyralidae

  • Corcyra cephalonica (Stainton, 1866) 
    Family: Pyralidae

    Synonyms: Anerastia lineata Legrand, 1965, Corcyra translineella Hampson, 1901, Melissoblaptes cephalonica Stainton, 1866, Melissoblaptes oeconomellus Mann, 1872, Tineopsis theobromae Dyar, 1913. Common name: rice moth.
  • Cryptoblabes adoceta Turner, 1904 
    Family: Pyralidae

    Common name: sorghum head caterpillar.
  • Ectomyelois ceratoniae (Zeller, 1839) 
    Family: Pyralidae

    Synonyms: Euzophera zellerella Sorhagen, 1881, Heterographis rivulalis Warren & Rothschild, 1905, Hypsipyla psarella Hampson, 1903, Laodamia durandi Lucas, 1950, Myelois ceratoniae Zeller, 1839, Myelois oporedestella Dyar, 1911, Myelois phoenicis Durrant, 1915, Myelois tuerckheimiella Sorhagen, 1881,.... Common name: carob moth.
  • Etiella behrii (Zeller, 1848) 
    Family: Pyralidae

    Synonyms: Alata consociella Walker, 1866, Alata subaurella Walker, 1866, Etiella ochristrigella Ragnot, 1888, Pempelia behrii Zeller, 1848. Common name: lucerne seed web moth.
  • Etiella scitivittalis (Walker, 1863) 
    Family: Pyralidae

    Synonyms: Etiella sincerella Meyrick, 1879, Modiana scitivittalis Walker, 1863.
  • Faveria tritalis (Walker, 1863) 
    Family: Pyralidae

    Synonyms: Crambus cygnosellus Walker, 1866, Eucarphia cnephaeella Meyrick, 18798, Eucarphia vulgatella Meyrick, 1879, Hypochalcia tritalis Walker, 1863. Common names: lawn webworm, Grass moth.
  • Hellula hydralis Guenée, 1854 
    Family: Pyralidae

    Synonyms: Pyralis subtrigonalis Walker, 1866, Scopula criasusalis Walker, 1859, Scopula optatusalis Walker, 1859. Common name: cabbage-center grub.
  • Hellula undalis (Fabricius, 1781) 
    Family: Pyralidae

    Synonyms: Ashwania reniculus Pajni & Rose, 1977, Evergestis occidentalis Joannis, 1930, Leucinodes exemptalis Walker, 1866, Phalaena undalis Fabricius, 1781, Pionea geyri Rothschild, 1915, Pyralis lunulalis Costa, 1836, Scoparia alconalis Walker, 1859. Common names: striped cabbage heart caterpillar, old world webworm, imported cabbage webworm, cauliflower head borer, cabbage webworm, cabbage centre grub, cabbage borer, Oriental cabbage webworm.
  • Herpetogramma licarsisalis (Walker, 1859) 
    Family: Pyralidae

    Synonyms: Botys immundalis Walker, 1866, Botys licarsisalis Walker, 1859, Botys pharaxalis Walker, 1859, Botys serotinalis Joannis, 1889, Entephria fumidalis Walker, 1866, Nacoleia pulveralis Marion, 1954.
  • Hygraula nitens (Butler, 1880) 
    Family: Pyralidae

    Synonym: Paraponyx nitens Butler, 1880. Common name: Pyralid water moth.
  • Maruca vitrata (Fabricius, 1787) 
    Family: Pyralidae

    Synonyms: Botys bifenestralis Mabille, 1880, Crochiphora testulalis Geyer, 1832, Hydrocampe aquitilis Guérin-Méneville, 1832, Phalaena vitrata Fabricius, 1787. Common names: mung moth, maruca, lima bean pod borer, legume pod borer, bean podborer.
  • Niphadoses palleucus Common, 1960 
    Family: Pyralidae

    Common name: hairy rice stemborer.
  • Omiodes diemenalis (Guenée, 1854) 
    Family: Pyralidae

    Synonyms: Asopia diemenalis Guenée, 1854, Asopia lydialis Walker, 1859, Botys ustalis Lederer, 1863, Hedylepta pyraustalis Snellen, 1880, Pyralis incertalis Walker, 1866, Pyrausta absistalis Walker, 1859. Common name: soya leafolder.

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Each listed organism is declared under the Biosecurity Management act with certain legal requirements:

Declared Pest, Prohibited - s12

Prohibited organisms are declared pests by virtue of section 22(1), and may only be imported and kept subject to permits. Permit conditions applicable to some species may only be appropriate or available to research organisations or similarly secure institutions.

Permitted - s11

Permitted organisms must satisfy any applicable import requirements when imported. They may be subject to an import permit if they are potential carriers of high-risk organisms.

Declared Pest - s22(2)

Declared pests must satisfy any applicable import requirements when imported, and may be subject to an import permit if they are potential carriers of high-risk organisms. They may also be subject to control and keeping requirements once within Western Australia.

Permitted, Requires Permit - r73

Regulation 73 permitted organisms may only be imported subject to an import permit. These organisms may be subject to restriction under legislation other than the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007. Permit conditions applicable to some species may only be appropriate or available to research organisations or similarly secure institutions.

Unlisted - s14

If you are considering importing an unlisted organism/s you will need to submit the name/s for assessment, as unlisted organisms are automatically prohibited entry into WA.

Control categories

Declared pests can be assigned to a C1, C2 or C3 control category under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Regulations 2013. Prohibited organisms can be assigned to a C1 or C2 control category, the control categories are:

C1 Exclusion

Organisms which should be excluded from part or all of Western Australia.

C2 Eradication

Organisms which should be eradicated from part or all of Western Australia.

C3 Management

Organisms that should have some form of management applied that will alleviate the harmful impact of the organism, reduce the numbers or distribution of the organism or prevent or contain the spread of the organism.


Unassigned: Declared pests that are recognised as having a harmful impact under certain circumstances, where their subsequent control requirements are determined by a Plan or other legislative arrangements under the Act.

Keeping categories

The Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Regulations 2013 (BAM Regs) specify prohibited and restricted keeping categories for the purposes of regulating organisms declared under the BAM Act. In regards to the purposes for which they can be kept, and the entities that can keep them for that purpose. A keeping permit is the administrative tool used to assign specific conditions to the keeping of an organism.

Prohibited keeping

Can only be kept under a permit for public display and education purposes, and/or genuine scientific research, by entities approved by the state authority.

Restricted keeping

Organisms which, relative to other species, have a low risk of becoming a problem for the environment, primary industry or public safety and can be kept under a permit by private individuals.

Exempt keeping

No permit or conditions are required for keeping. There may be other requirements under BAMA such as those required for entry of livestock, pigeons and doves, or waybill requirements for stock movement. An organism in the exempt keeping category may also be regulated by other legislation such as the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 (WCA), administered by DPaW.

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