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Species Evergestis pallidata - Purple-backed Cabbageworm - Hodges#4897

purple-backed cabbageworm (Evergestis pallidata) - Evergestis pallidata Evergestis pallidata small black and yellow caterpillar - Evergestis pallidata Purple-backed Cabbageworm - Evergestis pallidata Moth sp. - Evergestis pallidata Purple-backed Cabbageworm - Hodges #4897 - Evergestis pallidata Purple-backed Cabbageworm - Evergestis pallidata Unknown caterpillar - eating broccoli - Evergestis pallidata
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Pyraloidea (Pyralid and Crambid Snout Moths)
Family Crambidae (Crambid Snout Moths)
Subfamily Glaphyriinae
Genus Evergestis
Species pallidata (Purple-backed Cabbageworm - Hodges#4897)
Hodges Number
wingspan 19-29 mm
Adult: forewing pale yellowish to light brown with sharp median and PM lines; ring-like marking in upper median area resembles a tied knot (a diagnostic feature); hindwing light gray with dark terminal band and partial PM line
Newfoundland west across Canada, south to Colorado, east to Virginia and Maryland
also occurs in Europe and western Asia
adults fly from May to September
larvae present in August and September
larvae feed on bittercress, cabbage, radish, horseradish, turnip, and other plants in the mustard family
It may be an introduction from Europe. If so it has been in North America since the 1800s.
See Also
no similar species: the ring-like "tied knot" marking on the forewing is diagnostic
Internet References
live adult images plus description, foodplants, flight dates (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
live and pinned adult images by various photographers (Moth Photographers Group)
live adult image (Larry Line, Maryland)
pinned adult image (David Smith, Furman U., South Carolina)
pinned adult image (Bert Gustafsson, Swedish Museum of Natural History)
pinned adult image (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)