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The Cucumber Moth

Diaphania indica


There is a tuft of light brown "hairs" on the tip of the abdomen, vestigial in the male but well-developed in the female. 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 form the tufts. Unfertilized females are often seen sitting around with the tuft fully spread, forming two flower-like clumps of scales, which move slowly to spread their pheromones.

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VincentVanur 7 years ago

Thank you, Debbie Stewart

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 7 years ago

Lovely moth Vincent!

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Kerala, India

Spotted on Jul 29, 2013
Submitted on Jul 30, 2013

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