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Diaphora mendica

The Muslin Moth (Diaphora mendica) is a moth of the family Arctiidae. It is found in the Palearctic ecozone east to Baikal Lake.

Illustration from John Curtis's British Entomology Volume 5

The wingspan is 28–38 mm. There is clear sexual dimorphism in the imago, with the male having a brownish gray colour and a forewing length of 14–17 mm, and the female being white and a having a forewing length of 17–19 mm. The female resembles Spilosoma lubricipeda, but that species has longer and smaller wings and a yellow and black back. The moth flies April to July depending on the location.

The larvae feed on Birch, Willow, Rumex, Lamium and Plantago.


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