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this guy landed on my brothers desk at work
October 22, 2009
this guy landed this past monday october 20th 2009 on my brothers desk at work in plano tx. it sat there wiggling its tail side to side.
kris
plano tx

Melonworm Moth

Melonworm Moth

Hi Kris,
With its distinctive wings and tufted abdomen, it is not likely that the Melonworm Moth, Diaphania hyalinata, will be confused with other species.  Larvae feed on plants in the cucumber family, and if present in sufficient quantities, they can be a pest.

Thank u so much. My old bug book just didn’t have it anymore
But that might have been because when we
Were kids we used the ol book so much that
Pages r missing so. We really appreciate
Your fast answer!!!! U made an ol gal happy!
Sent from kris’s phone

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One Response to Melonworm Moth

  1. denn6623 says:

    We have a confirmed sighting of these in Abilene Texas now to. If any question Abilene Zoo has specimen on hand. have pictures but will take a couple of days. These are beautiful moths the wings are all most transparent in color and the beautiful brown edging makes them look more sinster then they are espicaly with the thing on the back end of it kinda looks like a stinger pod lol

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