Diaphania indica
Diaphania indica
Adult • © Roy Goff

63.0491 BF1409

Diaphania indica

(Saunders, 1851)

[Synonyms: hyalinata]
Wingspan c. 25-30mm.

A specimen of the very similar American species, D. hyalinata, also known as Melonworm, was purportedly recorded in the South of England in the early 19th century, but the individual in question has since been reidentified as the tropical and subtropical D. indica.

The larva can be a pest in its native haunts, feeding on the leaves of members of the cucumber family, including melon, often causing significant damage.
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