Diaphania indica, Cucumber moth is one of the serious pests of plant under cucubitaceae. It is also known as cotton caterpillar, pumpkin caterpillar. It infests. Cucumber moth – Diaphania indica Melonworm moth – Diaphania indica moth – Diaphania indica Diaphania sp.? – Diaphania indica. BF Diaphania indica. (Saunders, ). [Synonyms: hyalinata]. Wingspan c. mm. A specimen of the very similar American species.

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Male leg color Odonata. The bursa copulatrix is long and slim, with the forward third particularly narrow; its wall is covered with many short spines, and the hind end almost seamlessly merges into a short and barely distinguishable ductus bursae.

Observation specific search options Observed during. It was placed in Margaronia by Thomas Bainbrigge Fletcher inand by subsequent authors variously assigned diaphnaia to Diaphania and Glyphodesat that time incorrectly believed to be subgenera of Margaronia. North American Moth Photographers Group.

Despite its characteristic appearance, the cucumber moth was described as a new species several times, leading to a number of junior synonyms. Please consider a year-end gift to BugGuide! Print References Saunders, W.

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It is perhaps most noticeable as a pest of cucumbersbut this seems more due to the widespread production of these than to the moth’s preferences; D. It is formed by long scales which are carried in a pocket on each side of the 7th abdominal segment, from where they can be everted to form the tufts. The ductus seminalis insert from above, a bit before the forward edge of the antrum.


Look for caterpillar faeces or droppings. Adults have translucent whitish wings with broad dark brown borders. The eggs hatch and the caterpillars emerge. As implied by the common names, the caterpillar larvae of this moth are a frequent agricultural pests.

They are about 12 mm long and 3 mm wide. Inspect the young fruits: Photos of insects and people from the gathering in ArizonaJuly Photos of insects and people from the gathering in Alabama Photos of insects and people from the gathering in Iowa Photos from the Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa Photos from the gathering in Washington. Bill Length Birds cm. Large caterpillars have two white lines along the back Photo 3. Enumerates geographic entities where the taxon lives. Male abdomen color Odonata.

Wings are white, with a dark brown band along the fringe. Technology partner Strand Life Sciences. Adult moth lives for weeks, during which time the female may lay many eggs on the underside of leaves and on the soft stems of host plants. The life cycle from egg to adult is about 25 days. Occurrence Occurrence Occurrence Records. Unfertilized females are often seen sitting around with the tuft fully spread, forming two flower-like clumps of scales, which move slowly to spread their pheromones.

Young fruits are also attacked: This species was originally described by William Wilson Saunders in under the misspelled name Eudioptes indica properly: Best supported on Google Chrome, Firefox 3. Views Read Edit View history. Look at the young leaves: Moth Fauna of Punjab Desc: Diaphania hyalinata has abdomen mostly white like D.


It will kill the caterpillars, but it will kill other insects, too, whether they are pests or beneficials. Heterocera from north Maharashtra india. Female face color Odonata.

Actually, the moth’s populations at the latter two locations, as well as the specimens from Limpopo and Orange Rivers from which Philipp Christoph Zeller described his Eudioptis capensisseem to have been merely introduced there as pests in ships’ stores. These have been identified [2] as consisting mainly of E,Ehexadecadienal and E hexadecenal. Eggs are creamy white and 1—2 mm long and can take from days to hatch.

Hind wing pearly hyaline white, with a marginal black band broad at costa.

Diaphania indica – Wikipedia

Diaphania indica Saunders The natural range of this moth seems to extend from South Asia to southern China and Taiwanand south through Southeast Asia to the Maluku Islands of Indonesia ; it does not seem to extend to the Philippinesbut is widespread in Australia and is a pest of cucurbits in the northern part of the continent. It has been reported from some localities in Africabut there it is probably introduced too.

Male thorax color Odonata.