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Species Plutella xylostella - Diamondback Moth - Hodges#2366

Diamondback Moth - Plutella xylostella Moth - Plutella xylostella Micro Moth - Plutella xylostella Diamondback Moth - Plutella xylostella Plutella xylostella Plutella xylostella Plutella xylostella Small larvae on London Rocket plants - Plutella xylostella
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Yponomeutoidea (Ermine Moths and kin)
Family Plutellidae (Diamondback Moths)
Genus Plutella
Species xylostella (Diamondback Moth - Hodges#2366)
Hodges Number
2366
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Plutella xylostella (Linnaeus, 1758)
Phalaena xylostella Linnaeus, 1758
Cerostoma maculipennis Curtis, 1832
Size
Covell (1984) listed the wingspan 12-15 mm. (1)
Powell & Opler (2009) listed the forewing length 5.5-7.5 mm .(2)
Range
Probably of European or Eurasian origin but is now found throughout the world. It was first observed in North America in 1854 and is now common in the U.S. and southern Canada.
Season
Adults fly from March to October and are seen nearly year round in the South.
Food
Plants and crops in the family Brassicaceae, including broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, cauliflower, collard, kale, kohlrabi, mustard, radish, turnip, and watercress.
Life Cycle
Adults sometimes go through mass migrations which is unusual for microlepidoptera. There are up to seven generations per year (Powell & Opler, 2009). See "Featured Creatures" below.
See Also
Epinotia albicapitana Epinotia lindana
Ypsolopha dentella has a spur projecting diagonally from the pale forewing strip about two-thirds distance from base, and its forewing tip is hooked
Aristotelia corallina
Monopis dorsistrigella
Rhigognostis poulella is twice the size
Print References
Covell Jr., C. V. 1984. Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America. Virginia Museum of Natural History. p. 432; plate 60, fig. 25. (1)
Linnaeus, C. 1758. Syst. Nat. 10(1): 538
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. plate 11, fig. 16; p. 107 (2)
Internet References
live adult images plus description, foodplants, flight dates (Lynn Scott, Ontario)