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Hepialidae, Swift moths


[R] Unusual family of the order Lepidoptera; adults with short antennae, mouthparts vestigial and rapid fliers; larvae soil-inhabiting; pupae active, with spines, toothed ridges and cutting plates, which are special adaptations for making their way to the surface where the adult emerges.
The only important pest for European crops is the garden swift moth (Korscheltellus lupulinus).


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