UK Risk Register Details for Diaphania indica

This record was last updated on 17/07/2020

Common Names

  • Cotton caterpillar
  • Cucumber moth
  • Melon moth
  • Pumpkin caterpillar

Scenario and Pathways

Scenario for Risk Register

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  • Pest is introduced

Pathway Assessed for Entry to UK

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  • Fruits or vegetables

Common Pathways

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Risk Ratings and Current Mitigations

Unmitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 3
Spread [1 - 5] 3
Impact [1 - 5] 3
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 3
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 9
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 27

Current Mitigations

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Key mitigation for pest

Action against findings under general powers



Industry Scheme

Contingency Plan



Mitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 2
Spread [1 - 5] 3
Impact [1 - 5] 3
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 3
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 6
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 18

Proposed Actions

Proposed Actions



Management By Industry

Targeted Survey


Contingency Plan



Distribution and Pest Details


Country Status Notes
United Kingdom Absent
Portugal Present (Limited) Madeira
North America
United States Present
South America
French Guiana Present
Paraguay Present
Venezuela Present
Fiji Present
Micronesia Present
Kiribati Present
Marshall Islands Present
French Polynesia Present
Papua New Guinea Present
Palau Present
Solomon Islands Present
Tonga Present
Vanuatu Present
Angola Present
Benin Present
Congo (Democratic Rep.) Present
Central African Republic Present
Congo (Brazzaville) Present
Cote d'Ivoire Present
Cameroon Present
Ethiopia Present
Gabon Present
Gambia Present
Guinea Present
Comoros Present
Madagascar Present
Mali Present
Mauritania Present
Mauritius Present
Malawi Present
Mozambique Present
Niger Present
Nigeria Present
Reunion Present
Seychelles Present
Sierra Leone Present
Senegal Present
Somalia Present
Tanzania Present
Uganda Present
South Africa Present
Zambia Present
Zimbabwe Present
Brunei Present
China Present
Indonesia Present
India Present
Iran Present
Japan Present
Cambodia Present
South Korea Present
Laos Present
Sri Lanka Present
Myanmar Present
Maldives Present
Malaysia Present
Philippines Present
Saudi Arabia Present
Singapore Present
Thailand Present
Taiwan Present
Vietnam Present
Yemen Present
Central America
Cuba Present
Jamaica Present
Puerto Rico Present

Type of Pest

  • Insect (Lepidoptera)

Host or Industry at Risk

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Cucumis sativus

Major Hosts

  • Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cogn.
  • Brassica juncea (L.) Czern.
  • Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp./Huth
  • Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Matsum. & Nakai
  • Cucumis melo L.
  • Cucumis sativus L.
  • Cucurbita moschata Duch. Ex Poir.
  • Cucurbita pepo L.
  • Cucurbitaceae
  • Gossypium herbaceum L.
  • Lagenaria siceraria (Mol.) Standl.
  • Luffa acutangula (L.) Roxb.
  • Luffa aegyptiaca Mill.
  • Momordica charantia L.
  • Passiflora L.
  • Phaseolus L.
  • Trichosanthes cucumerina Linnaeus
  • Vigna unguiculata (Linnaeus) Walpers

Threats to Protected Cultivation

  • Only protected crops

Forest Tree Pests and Pathogens

Further Information

PRA Availability

UK (2005) Updated EPPO (2008)

Regulation and EPPO listing

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Not currently listed

Actions Indicated

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Statutory action against interceptions on plants for planting and outbreaks. Contingency plan for introduction of polyphagous non-native moths. Factsheet needed.

General Comments

Moth pest mainly of cucurbits. Action to continue to be taken on interceptions on planting material, and cucumber industry alerted to risk to take measures to reduce transfer opportunities from infested fruit.

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