Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Diaphania hyalinata (Linnaeus, 1767)
Phylogenetic sequence #155525.
9 spp. of Diaphania n. of Mex.
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
e US to s CA / W. Indies - MAP
mostly Sept-Oct, but yr round in FL (MPG
Larvae feed on cucumber family plants: cucumber, melon, squash. (1)
Many generations (3?) in south, disperses northward in fall, does not persist there.
Females* (or 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
*Note. Some sources imply that males extrude hair-pencils, and others females. Clarification is needed.
has abdomen mostly white like D. hyalinata
but black border of forewing is broader.
has mostly brown abdominal with first segment white and black border of forewing is broader.
is like D. elegans
but lacks the all white first abdominal segment.
is like D. modialis
but smaller with black border of forewing is narrower. Per Capps in Kimball (1965) (2)
, specimens of Diaphania modialis
have been misidentified as this species which is not found in NA.
Powell, J. A., and P. A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. pl. 23.39m; p. 179.(3)
Covell, C. V. 1984. Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths. p. 401, plate 56 #18 (4)