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Melonworm Moth

Diaphania hyalinata

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago
Crambid Mothd
Diaphania sp. Diaphania hyalinata


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13 Comments

Sckel
Sckel 7 years ago

Thanks, Tiz. I filmed her stirring this "pom pom". But I was too lazy to send the video to You Tube. In Wikipedia says: she move the pom-pom slowly to spread their pheromones.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diaphania_i...)

Tiz
Tiz 7 years ago

Hmm, is that "pom-pom" in the back used for something special? It is a very cool spotting I think!

Sckel
Sckel 7 years ago

É a cor, João, na net você encontra alguns com essa cor roxa também. Eu acho.

João Burini
João Burini 7 years ago

Já vi dessas mas nunca percebi o roxo embaixo, é cor mesmo ou refração?

Sckel
Sckel 7 years ago

Thanks, bayucca. I learned a bit more about this moth with your help. Before, I just called her moth cheerleader.

Cris
Cris 7 years ago

Incrível !

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

Indeed, Hyalinata is the "Indica" of the Americas! ;-)

Sckel
Sckel 7 years ago

thanks, Mona.

Sckel
Sckel 7 years ago

Ok, I will change the ID to Diaphania hyalinata. I found an article about existence this moth in my country. http://sistemasdeproducao.cnptia.embrapa...

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

Hmm... but cucumbers are from the same family as pumpkins, aren't they?
Cucurbitaceae.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in320
Host plant of Diaphania hyalinata are cucumbers, melons and squashs. So yours actually might be Diaphania hyalinata.

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 7 years ago

Awesome !!!

Sckel
Sckel 7 years ago

Thanks the information bayucca. I found this moth on the leaves of pumpkin that are in my backyard. Not have planting of cucumbers here.

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

It is certainly Diaphania sp., but rather Diaphania hyalinata, the native pest, than Diaphania indica, the global pest. There are some reports from Venezuela, might be also found in Brazil, but we cannot be sure about which one it is. I would go with Diaphania sp. with mentioning the 2 possible candidates in the description section.
http://www.scielo.cl/scielo.php?pid=S071...
http://www.ucla.edu.ve/Bioagro/Rev16(1)/...
In addition I suggest that you take a look if there are some vegetables or other plantation around and asking some local agro engineers if they know about the presence of Diaphania indica. If there is a proof for Diaphania hyalinata next to your area, I would go with this one.

Sckel
Spotted by
Sckel

Cariacica, ES, Brazil

Spotted on Jul 9, 2013
Submitted on Jul 9, 2013

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