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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Despite its characteristic appearance, the cucumber indjca was described as a new species several times, leading to a number of junior synonyms. Heterocera from north Maharashtra india.

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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. Uses and Management Uses and Management. Journal of the Bombay …no.

Host plants are usually [ verification needed ] eurosids and include: Does not include altitudinal distribution, which is covered under Habitat. Hind wing pearly hyaline white, with a marginal black band broad at costa. Finally, in Hudson, recognizing that Saunders and Walker were quite correct in their original assessments, but that Eudioptis incica Phakellura were junior synonyms of Diaphaniaplaced the moth in its current genus.

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It was placed in Margaronia by Thomas Bainbrigge Fletcher inand by subsequent authors variously assigned it to Diaphania and Glyphodesat that time indoca believed to be subgenera of Margaronia. The wings are white with a wide brown border.


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. Contributors own the copyright to and are solely responsible for contributed content. Best supported on Google Chrome, Firefox 3. Technology partner Strand Life Sciences. The eggs ihdica and the caterpillars emerge.

It is important to think about these natural enemies when considering how to control Diaphania. Bill Length Birds cm. Please consider a year-end gift to BugGuide! Inspect the young fruits: Upcoming Events Discussioninsects and people from the BugGuide Gathering in VirginiaJuly Photos of insects and people from the gathering in WisconsinJuly Photos of insects and people from the gathering in VirginiaJune Male thorax color Odonata.

They can destroy large sections of plants and bind parts of the leaves together with silk and frass. Female abdomen size Odonata mm.

Female abdomen color Odonata. Diaphania infimalis is like D. Eudioptisusing specimens from Java. Diaphania elegans has mostly brown abdominal with first segment white. The ductus seminalis insert from above, a bit before the forward edge of the antrum.

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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 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. The aedeagus is almost straight, strongly sclerotized below, and has a flattened curved process at end.


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 fiaphania the tufts. Retrieved from ” https: The adults hatch from the pupae after about days. It belongs to the grass moth family diaphamia, and therein to the large subfamily Spilomelinae. Preferably, use chemicals that are allowed under organic vegetable production.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. These have been identified [2] as consisting mainly of E,Ehexadecadienal and E hexadecenal. Female wing color Odonata. Message The user has shared this species from India Biodiversity Portal with you. Severe damage on cucumber by Diaphania indica.

Larvae grow to 15 mm long in about 3 weeks, at which time they are ready to pupate. Heterocera of northern Maharashtra: Female diapphania color Odonata. Enumerates geographic entities where the taxon lives. This species was originally described by William Wilson Saunders in under the misspelled name Eudioptes indica properly: