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Grass Moth

Scientific Name
Diaphania sp.
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Taxonomy
(Lepidoptera: Crambidae: Spilomelinae)
Pest Status
0 Unknown
Status
NZ - Exotic
Reliability
High
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Dorsal - Adult
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Diaphania indica (LEP73)
Source
Caroline Harding MAF
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Diagnostic Notes
Adult

Have a flattened slanted forehead, the vertex shows erect scaling; labial palpi are directed upwards, with prominent maxilary palpi; proboscis is long and thin, with scales at the base; filiform antennae as long as the forewings, usually sexually dimorphic; wings show a very simple colour pattern with white or yellow translucent areas surrounded by blackish/brown bands that vary in size, in some species can occupy most of the wings; legs are normal, but in some species the males show modified spurs on their hind tibiae; abdomen with a group of spatulate scales at its apex, may be coloured from yellow to very dark brown; scales are present in both sexes, although in males is more developed.

References

- Arias, Q., Clavijo, J. & Gaiani, M. (2009). Key to species of the genus Diaphania (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) from Venezuela. Available online: [http://www.miza-fpolar.info.ve/claves/presentacion.php?idclave=1&LNG=1](http://www.miza-fpolar.info.ve/claves/presentacion.php?idclave=1&LNG=1) (Date of access: 26 Jul 2009)
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Specimen Contact
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
Author
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
Created
31/08/2011 12:24 AEST
Last Updated
23/03/2014 22:04 AEST
Citation
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory (2011) Grass Moth (Diaphania sp.) Updated on 3/23/2014 10:04:17 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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