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Cucumber mothCucurbitaceae pest
Even though it is harmful insect, it looks beautiful. Cucumber moth is a notorious pest that harms cucurbitaceous vegetables like cucumber and pumpkin. The density of pest is high in green house and even in the bare ground. Killing it with hand is another way to control them in organic farms.
 
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cucmber moth adult
Cucumber moth
Lepidoptera pyralidae
 
О Scientific : Diaphania indica (Saunder)
О Size : The length of wings is 25 mm
О Host : cucumber, pumpkin, cucurbitaceous vegetables, Malvaceae, moraceae, Lamiaceae and more
О Distribution : Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, India, Nepal, Arabia, Israel, Africa, Central America, Australia and more.
 
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cucumber moth pupa
† it rolled leaf up backward and became a pupa
Front and backside wings are white with clear dark brown on the edge of its wings. Cucumber moth does not have any pattern inside on the edge. Therefore, it is easy to distinguish with similar species. Cucumber moth's head and chest are brown and its ventral end is white.
 
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cucumber moth the late-instar larva
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cucumber moth larva
† it is easy to distinguish because it has two clear white lines
The female adult spawns on the backside of the leaf. Cucumber moth larva eats mesophyll. When they grow up, they roll the leaf up and they become pupa there.  

Translated by Sunyoung Cho

Other articles by Teokgi ParkInterviewed on : 2016.08.31 03:21

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#Lepidoptera#Pyralidae#Cucumber#Pumkin#Cucurbitaceae

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