are generally small moths and are sometimes known as grass moths.
They have long legs and a beak like proboscis, which is covered
in scales. Their forewings are triangular in shape with broader
hind wings, and have a tendency to sit with their wings open and
forming a distinct triangle. When at rest the front of the body
is often elevated as they sit up on their long front legs with the
abdomen sometime curled up over the body. This combined posture
is a common characteristic of the family.
larvae are varied in their habits and feed on a wide variety of plants
and plant products including stored grain, dried fruits and tobacco. Some
species are also foliage feeders and tip and stem borers of herbaceous
and woody plants.
pyralid moth species visit the Australian
section found here.