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Species Diaphania hyalinata - Melonworm Moth - Hodges#5204

Diaphania hyalinata? - Diaphania hyalinata Diaphania hyalinata Moth, white wings w/brown borders and fuzzy tail -A - Diaphania hyalinata Moth with Cheerleader Tassles Tail? - Diaphania hyalinata Clearwing Moth - Diaphania hyalinata Mystery Moth - Diaphania hyalinata Unknown Lepidopteran (Sesioidea?) - Dorsal View - Diaphania hyalinata Melonworm Moth - Diaphania hyalinata
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Pyraloidea (Pyralid and Crambid Snout Moths)
Family Crambidae (Crambid Snout Moths)
Subfamily Spilomelinae
Genus Diaphania
Species hyalinata (Melonworm Moth - Hodges#5204)
Hodges Number
5204
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Diaphania hyalinata (Linnaeus, 1767)
Phylogenetic sequence #155525.
Numbers
9 spp. of Diaphania n. of Mex.
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 "hair-pencils."
Range
e US to s CA / W. Indies - MAP - (MPG),(1)
Habitat
Fields, cultivated land.
Season
mostly Sept-Oct, but yr round in FL (MPG)
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.
Remarks
males extend pheromone-laden "hair-pencils" from the tip of their abdomen. These structures serve as both aphrodisiacs and tranquilizers to females as well as repellents to conspecific males. - Wiki
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
Featured Creatures - University of Florida
"hair-pencils" - Wiki
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.