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A moth (Diaphania nitidalis) of the Americas whose larvae feed on and damage cucurbits, such as cucumbers and squash.
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Entomopathogenic nematode effect on pickleworm (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) under laboratory and field conditions.
(1987) reported that, in Florida, the larval population densities of pickleworm, a closely related Diaphania species, were generally low during extremely hot summers and cold winters, and that the population densities peaked during fall.
Larval spatial patterns and sequential sampling plan for pickleworm, Diaphonia/ nitidalis (Stoll) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), on summer squash.
For cantaloupe melons, fruit bagging appears to be an alternative to insecticide application; preliminary studies have reported a high incidence of pests causing damage to the epidermis and fruit pulp, such as the pickleworm (Diaphania nitidalis), thus making insecticide application unsuitable for melon commercialization (SOBRINHO et al., 2011).
Squash leaf glandular trichome volatiles: Identification and influence on behavior of female pickleworm moth (Diaphnia nitidalis Stoll.) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae).
Natural biological control and key mortality factors of the pickleworm, Diaphania nitidalis Stoll (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), in cucumber.
Female sex pheromone of the pickleworm, Diaphania nitidalis (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae).
Pickleworms, which come up out of the ground to bore holes in cucurbits, can't get to vegetables hanging on a fence.
Many are named after that one particular crop that they ingest most--like pickleworms, melon-worms, and sweetpotato weevils.
Cucumbers, squash and melons Pickleworms prefer cucumbers, but will happily munch their way through a nicesquash or melon.
I place a piece of cardboard or plastic under each pumpkin to shield it from pickleworms. These little worms come up from the soil and bore through the skin, leaving only a tiny hole, but trailing bacteria get into the fruit so it will rot from the inside.
Lopez and other ARS researchers at Charleston, South Carolina, and Ames, Iowa, have tested the attractant on melonworms, pickleworms, cabbage and soybean loopers, and on European corn borers that alone cause losses of $350 million each year.