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Family Plutellidae

Plutella xylostella 2137b Rhigognostis interrupta 2360 - Rhigognostis interrupta Diamondback Moth - Plutella xylostella Diamondback moth caterpillar - Plutella xylostella Plutella xylostella Diamondback Moth - Plutella xylostella Thin, light brown moth - Plutella xylostella white moth in pine forest - Euceratia castella
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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 specialist on unrelated angiosperms, including Berberidaceae, Ericuceae, 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.