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Species Diaphania hyalinata - Melonworm Moth - Hodges#5204

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon (Moths)
Superfamily Pyraloidea
Family Crambidae (Crambid Snout Moths)
Subfamily Pyraustinae
Tribe Spilomelini
Genus Diaphania
Species hyalinata (Melonworm Moth - Hodges#5204)
Hodges Number
5204
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Diaphania hyalinata (Linnaeus, 1767)
Phylogenetic sequence #155525.
Numbers
The genus Diaphania includes nine species in America north of Mexico.
Size
Wingspan: 27-30 mm.
Identification
Pearly white wings are somewhat iridescent with broad dark brown band along outer margin and costa. The tip of the abdomen has brushy hairpencils.
Range
Mostly tropical, but common in southeast US. Rare in late fall immigrant to northeast North America. (1)
Moth Photographers Group - large range map with some collection locations and dates.
Bug Guide - map of photo records submitted to the guide.
Habitat
Fields, cultivated land.
Season
Most records are from August through December, except Florida where adults fly year round.
Food
Larvae feed on cucumber family plants: cucumber, melon, squash. (1)
Life Cycle
Many generations (3?) in south, disperses northward in fall, does not persist there.
See Also
Diaphania indica - pinned adult at Moth Photographers Group *(Florida to Texas)
Diaphania elegans - pinned adult at Moth Photographers Group *(Florida)
Print References
Powell, J. A., and P. A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. pl. 23.39m; p. 179.(2)
Covell, C. V. 1984. Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths. p. 401, plate 56 #18 (3)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - range map, photos of living and pinned adults.
University of Florida, IFAS Extension Service - complete information from egg to adult crop pest
Moths of Southeastern Arizona - listed for AZ with link to photo.
Works Cited
1.Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America
David Beadle and Seabrooke Leckie. 2012. Houghton Mifflin.
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
3.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.