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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The eggs hatch and the caterpillars emerge. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Male thorax color Odonata. It is important to think about these natural enemies when considering how to control Diaphania. 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.

Cucumber Moth Diaphania indica (Saunders, ) | Butterflies and Moths of North America

They are almost clear, but soon become green. They are about 12 mm long and 3 mm wide. In the male, the clasper ‘s harpe is twice as long as it is wide, with the costa and sacculus running almost in parallel and indiica strongly sclerotized diaphnia, and a rounded cucullus.


Female wing color Odonata. Heterocera of northern Maharashtra: Head and thorax black-brown; palpi white below; patagia white at tips; abdomen white with the 7th and 8th segments black; the anal tuft brown and black.

The caterpillars do the damage. Fore wing with the costal and inner areas broadly black, leaving a triangular pearly hyaline white patch; the lower edge of the costal area minutely dentate; the inner edge of the marginal band dilated from vein 3 to dlaphania angle.

Diaphania indicathe cucumber moth or cotton caterpillaris a widespread but mainly Old World moth species.

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The ductus seminalis insert from above, a bit before the forward edge of the antrum. They are laid in small groups on the growing parts of the shoot, usually on the underside of the leaves or on buds and flowers. Send a request for permission. The aedeagus is almost straight, strongly sclerotized below, and has a flattened curved process at end. Female leg color Odonata.

We strive to provide accurate information, dipahania we are mostly just amateurs attempting to make sense of a diverse natural world. Eggs are creamy white and 1—2 mm long and can take from days to hatch. Typically, the leaves of the food plants are eaten.

The Transactions of the Entomological Society of London.

Pupation lasts up to 2 weeks before the adult moths emerge. North American Moth Photographers Group.

Diaphania indica Saunders () | Species | India Biodiversity Portal

A textual diagnostic description of the species that is not necessarily structured. Heterocera from north Maharashtra india. 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.


The uncus is covered in bristles and ends in a small tube; it is a bit longer than the tegumen which in turn is about as wide as it is long. They can destroy large sections of plants and bind parts of the leaves together with silk and frass. After the fruit starts to develop, the larvae can chew shallow holes in the surface, especially where the fruit is in close contact with the ground.

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