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Family Plutellidae

Moth June 2007 hhh - Plutella xylostella Salvia bug Euceratia securella (T) - Euceratia securella Plutella vanella  - Plutella vanella Cocoon in Mesh Diamondback Moth - Hodges #2366 - Plutella xylostella Plutella xylostella ? - Plutella xylostella Can't decipher this one.  ID, please. - Plutella xylostella
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon (Moths)
Superfamily Yponomeutoidea
Family Plutellidae
Numbers
about 22 species in North America (1)
Identification
Adults - smaller and relatively slender when compared to Ypsolopha (1)
Food
most Plutella feed on Brassicaceae, one of the few moth lineages adapted to do so. Other genera are specialists on unrelated angiosperms, including Berberidaceae, Ericaceae, and Caprifoliaceae (1)
Life Cycle
pupation in a loose-meshed, less compact cocoon than Ypsolopha (1)
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.