Adult: forewing light brownish-gray with dark gray smudged patches, irregular median and PM lines, and pale apical patch; ST line toothed; terminal line slightly wavy; some obscure reddish-brown shading in subterminal area; hindwing white with dark gray apical shading and dark discal spot
Larva: mature larva handsomely marked - striped across back with black and white; yellow stripes along sides; brownish-red head; immature larva dark grayish-green above and pale on the sides, with yellowish head
Much of eastern US, but concentrated in southeastern states.
Larvae feed on members of the cabbage family, including cabbage, collard greens and Brussels sprouts.
) adult forewing has diagnostic ring-like marking that resembles a tied knot
other species of Evergestis
have a different forewing pattern and/or a western distribution (compare images
of several species at MPG)
Garden Insects of North America (1)
adult images (Larry Line, Maryland)
live larvae image plus common name reference (Clemson U., South Carolina, forestryimages.org)
live adult, larva, and pupa images
by various photographers (Moth Photographers Group)