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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

KEY TO SELECTED PYRALOIDEA (LEPIDOPTERA)
LARVAE INTERCEPTED AT U. S. PORTS OF ENTRY
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Head with a pigmented spot at genal angle (Fig. 104); mandible without a projection on lateral margin (Fig. 105); pinacula dark on early instars, pale in later instars
...........................................................................................................Diaphania nitidalis (Cramer)


Distribution: Tropical worldwide

Hosts: 2006: Coccinia sp., Coccinia grandis, Cucumis sp., Cucumis melo, Cucumis sativus, Cucurbita sp., Cucurbita pepo, Sechium edule, Coccinia sp., Luffa sp., Momordica sp., Momordica charantia, Physalis philadelphica

pre-1998: Cucurbitaceae, including gourd, melon, squash
Head without pigmented spot at genal angle; mandible with a projection on lateral margin (Fig. 106); pinacula concolorous with body in all instars
................................................................................................Diaphania indica Saunders complex


Distribution: tropical worldwide, including Western Hemisphere

Hosts: 2006: Coccinia sp., Cucurbita sp., Cucurbita pepo, Fernaldia sp., Luffa sp., Luffa acutangula, Momordica sp., Momordica charantia, Momordica balsimina, Murraya sp., Ocimum basilicum, Sechium edule, Thymus vulgaris

pre-1998: Cucurbitaceae, including cucumber, cantaloupe, gourd, melon, pumpkin, squash

Note: to separate pupae of D. hyalinata (L.) from D. indica (Saunders): proboscis extends to A7 in indica and to A8 or A9 in hyalinata; hyalinata occurs from Canada south to Argentina, indica is cosmopolitan, in the Western Hemisphere occurring from Florida to South America; see Whittle & Ferguson 1987a; Clavijo 1990.
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Last Modified: 3/25/2011