Diaphania indica

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Author(s): Saleem Hameed
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Diaphania indica (Saunders, 1851) - (cotton caterpillar, cucumber moth)

This moth is found in southern Asia and in other tropical and subtropical regions. It breeds mainly on cucurbits, and the caterpillars attack the leaves, flowers and fruits. The development time from egg, through 5 larval stages, to adult emergence lasts around 3 weeks.

The larvae are greenish and the adults have a dark brown head and pronotum with lighter legs and abdomen. The wingspan is around 3 cmm and the forewings are whitish with a characteristic broad, dark brown margin.