Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

Melonworm Moth
Diaphania hyalinata (Linnaeus, 1767)

Family: Crambidae
Subfamily: Pyraustinae
Identification: Wings pearly translucent white. Forewing has broad black costal border that continues on outer margins of all wings; black band also extends across thorax. Note anal tufts.
Wing Span: 2.7-3 cm.
Life History: A pest in Gulf states.
Flight: October-November northward; all months except February and December in Florida.
Caterpillar Hosts: Foliage of cucumber, melons, pumpkins, and squash.
Adult Food:
Range: Quebec to Florida, west to Kansas and Texas.
Management Needs:
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