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Pickle worm moth lays eggs in clusters on buds and flowers. To the left is a healthy and right is a pickle worm burrowed fruit.
Pickle worm moth lays eggs in clusters on buds and flowers. To the left is a healthy and right is a pickle worm burrowed fruit.
Young larvae can be found in the foliage and can burrow into the fruit causing collapse of the fruit as seen here in cantaloupe.
Young larvae can be found in the foliage and can burrow into the fruit causing collapse of the fruit as seen here in cantaloupe.
Comparison of outside appearance of a pickle worm attacked fruit (right) with a healthy fruit (left).
Comparison of outside appearance of a pickle worm attacked fruit (right) with a healthy fruit (left).

PICKLEWORM DAMAGE

Causal insect: Diaphania nitidalis

Cucurbit diseases