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Melonworm Moth (Diaphania hyalinata)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Pyralidae
Genus: Diaphania
Species: hyalinata


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Barling, Arkansas
Cheshire, Connecticut
Melbourne Beach, Florida
Merritt Island, Florida
Joshua, Texas
La Porte, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Waxahachie, Texas
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Members' Notes:


On Sep 10, 2013, coastalzonepush from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I don't know about the larva (if they are destructive or not) but this cute little moth seems so shy and innocent. I wish I got a picture but it wouldn't sit still. At first I thought there was a flower stuck to the end of it. The one I saw was so colorful, the wings had blue and the rest of the body was whitish except for the pink and orange fluff on the tail end.


On Oct 22, 2007, LynnRie from Cheshire, CT (Zone 6b) wrote:

I found this moth on my porch. It is beautiful but with a strange yellow brush looking tail tip that moves around. I was glad to finally ID the moth. I guess it is infrequent in my area of New England.