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Cucumber Moth or cotton caterpillar

Diaphania indica


I noticed it sitting on the wall of our dining. Due to its interesting tail activities I was drawn towards it. A flazzy yellowish orange tail full of moving tentacles like structures. It was swinging its tail . It's a very tiny sized (max 1 inch) moth, with sliver white wings bordered with black .


I found it on our dining's wall. Natural habitat- it occurs mainly in tropical and subtropical regions outside America. These moths are native to Southern Asia.


Family: Crambidae Subfamily: Spilomelinae Genus: Diaphania Species: D. indica It is a significant pest of cucurbits and some other plants. The caterpillar larvae of this moth are a frequent agricultural pests, feeding mainly on the leaves of these plants.

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Suchandra Das
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Suchandra Das

Spotted on Apr 3, 2020
Submitted on May 11, 2020

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