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Family Plutellidae - Diamondback Moths

Plutella xylostella Diamondback Moth - Hodges#2366  - Plutella xylostella A Micro Moth - Plutella xylostella Plutella xylostella - Diamondback Moth 2366 - Plutella xylostella Plutellidae: Plutella xylostella - Plutella xylostella Larva in net-like enclosure - Plutella xylostella Micro moth  - Plutella xylostella Pennsylvania Moth - Plutella porrectella
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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)
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.