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Polilla del Melón


A nocturnal butterfly of the genus Diaphania, at the Manduriacu Reserve in the Andean slopes to the coast in Ecuador.


Very humid low montane forest


Common, flying to the lights at night.

2 Species ID Suggestions

Cucumber moth
Diaphania indica Diaphania indica
Melonworm Moth
Diaphania hyalinata Diaphania hyalinata

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LarryGraziano 7 years ago


ToshimiDowaki 8 years ago

Very nice!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

Lovely ! - thanks for sharing this. I must say I love the word "mariposa"..

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago


Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Nice one!

GustavoMorejon 8 years ago

You are right .. it's a moth. In spanish the word for butterfly is "mariposa" and for moths is "mariposa nocturna" or "polilla", but essentially we call them mariposas (then, this is where my mistake came from). Thanks.

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 8 years ago

This is a Moth, not a Butterfly.

Spotted by

Pacto, Provincia de Pichincha, Ecuador

Spotted on Mar 9, 2012
Submitted on Feb 4, 2013

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