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Species Plutella xylostella - Diamondback Moth - Hodges#2366

Which moth, please? - Plutella xylostella Diamondback Moth - Plutella xylostella Plutella xylostella Moth - Plutella xylostella moth pupa within a loose cocoon? - Plutella xylostella Diamondback Moth - Hodges#2366 - Plutella xylostella Plutella xylostella Plutella porrectella? - Plutella xylostella
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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
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Plutella xylostella (Linnaeus, 1758)
Phalaena xylostella Linnaeus, 1758
Cerostoma maculipennis Curtis, 1832
Covell (1984) listed the wingspan 12-15 mm. (1)
Powell & Opler (2009) listed the forewing length 5.5-7.5 mm .(2)
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.
Probably three or more generations occur on Block Island, RI, where adults are commonest in June and July but fly at least from April to October.(3)
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.
Larva; larva making cocoon; cocoon; cocoon; adult
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)