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Family Plutellidae

Moth - Plutella xylostella Some kind of twirler moth? - Plutella xylostella Lepidoptera? 6.17.09 03 - Euceratia castella Utah Plutella - Plutella xylostella Diamondback Moth - Hodges #2366 - Plutella xylostella Micro Moth ID Request Plutella xylostella - Diamondback Moth - Plutella xylostella Rhigognostis interrupta? - Rhigognostis interrupta
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon (Moths)
Superfamily Yponomeutoidea
Family Plutellidae
about 22 species in North America (1)
Adults - smaller and relatively slender when compared to Ypsolopha (1)
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.