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Crambid Moth

Diaphania sp.

Description:

Small moth with partly transparent wings that are iridescent when it changes position. Family Crambidae.

Habitat:

Came to the parking lights of a shopping mall, San Cristobal de Las Casas, 2,200 meters.

Notes:

This pretty little moth is a pretty pestiferous little moth, with the larvae feeding on various plants of the Cucurbitae family including cucumber, bitter gourd, melon, cotton, jasmine, okra and sweet potato. It is also called a Flower-tailed moth because of the way it spreads it's "tail feathers" or Hair pencils. See pictures of the larva on the reference site.

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4 Comments

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Thank you Sinobug, I had no idea that it was a pest species.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Thank you Mona, one angel wing anyway :)

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 8 years ago

Lovely.. like an angel Moth..

Sinobug
Sinobug 8 years ago

Female Flower-tail or Cucumber Moth (Diaphania indica, Crambidae)

LaurenZarate
Spotted by
LaurenZarate

Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on Sep 14, 2009
Submitted on May 30, 2013

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