Cucumber Moth

Diaphania indica, Cucumber Moth.

Diaphania indica, Cucumber moth is one of the serious pests of plant under cucubitaceae. It is also known as cotton caterpillar, pumpkin caterpillar. It infests cumber, melon, gherkin, bottle gourd, bitter gourd, snake gourd, Luffa, little cucumber, cotton etc. It is reported in other families, Leguminosae and Malvaceae. The synonyms are Botys hyalinalis, Eudioptis capensis, Glyphodes indica, Hedylepta indica, Margaronia indica, Palpita indica,Phacellura indica, Phakellura curcubitalis, Phakellura gazorialis, Phakellura zygaenalis. It is distributed in India, China, Japan, South Korea, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, sub-Saharan Africa, USA (Florida) and Northern Territory of Australia.

Russell IPM manufactures and supplies pheromone lure, traps and complete monitoring systems for Diaphania indica, Cucumber Moth. Pheromone trap data give early warning of the infestation and also will alert the user to low level of populations before they become serious.


Shashpa, (2004) reported that the pre-oviposition, oviposition and post-oviposition periods of Diaphania indica averaged 2.0, 5.1 and 1.5 days, respectively. A female laid an average of 187.1 eggs. The average egg, larval, prepupal and pupal stages lasted for 4.75, 11.9, 1.3 and 9.4 days, respectively. The female to male sex ratio was 1.08:1. The longevity of adults varied from 8.45 to 9.0 days. The mean developmental period from oviposition to adult emergence ranged from 23 to 33 days with an average of 27.35 days.

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Trap application guidelines

Do not re-use the trap to monitor different insects as this may lead to mixed catches. One trap for every two hectares of large scale fields of homogenous lands.

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Lures for pest monitoring


Lures can be changed every 4-6 weeks to get the most accurate results.

Lures handling

Pheromone lures are a very sensitive tool. They can be affected by exposure to elevated heat and direct sunshine. Direct touching by hand may cause cross contamination leading to mixed catches in the trap. Some contaminants such as Nicotine May have repellent effect reducing trap catch.

Lure Storage

Store in a cool dry place.

Shelf life can vary from 3-36 months depending on the storage temperature.

See Technical Data Sheet for further details.

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