Californian Snout Moth
The moth members of this Order of insects include a large number of diverse families. Moth groups include micro moths, leaf miners, clothes moths, plume moths, ermine moths, burnets, geometrids, silk moths, sphinx moths, tiger moths, wasp moths, noctuids, underwings and many others.
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.