Photo 1. Severe damage on cucumber by Diaphania indica. This is the damage dfone by the early larval stages.
Photo 3. Caterpillar of Diaphania indica showing the characteristic double white lines along its back.
Photo 6. A lacewing. The larvae of this insect attack the young caterpillars of Diaphania (see Photo 7).
Cucumber moth. Other common names are, melon moth, pumpkin caterpillar, cucurbit caterpillar, watermelon worm. In Southeast Asia, it is known as the white cucumber moth, with WCM as the acronym.
Diaphania indica. A moth of the Crambidae.
AUTHORS Grahame Jackson, Mani Mua & Helen Tsatsia
Photo 3 Wilco Liebregts, Ecoconsult, Fiji. Photos 4&5 Gerald McCormack, Cook Islands Biodiversity & Natural Heritage: (http://cookislands.bishopmuseum.org/). Photo 7 Whitney Cranshaw, Bugwood.org. Photo 8 Suzanne Neave, CABI, UK.
Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project PC/2010/090: Strengthening integrated crop management research in the Pacific Islands in support of sustainable intensification of high-value crop production, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
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