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Melonworm Moth (Diaphania hyalinata)

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


No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Cheshire, Connecticut
Melbourne Beach, Florida
Merritt Island, Florida
Joshua, Texas
La Porte, Texas
Waxahachie, Texas

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Member Notes:

Neutral LynnRie 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.

Neutral coastalzonepush 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.

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