ABH 18.001

Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella

BF 0464

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(Linnaeus, 1758)
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This small moth is colored gray and brown. It can potentially identified by a cream-colored band that may be present in the shape of a diamond on its back. The forewings are narrow, brownish gray and lighter along the anterior margin, with fine, dark speckles. A creamy-colored stripe with a wavy edge on the posterior margin is sometimes constricted to form one or more light-colored diamond shapes,The hindwings are narrow, pointed toward the apex,and light gray, with a wide fringe. The tips of the wings can be seen to turn upward slightly when viewed from the side.The antennae are pronounced


Life Cycle

Common immigrant from mainland Europe, sometimes appearing in vast numbers in all types of habitat throughout the British Isles, becoming established under favourable conditions, when occasionally reaching plague proportions on farmswhere cabbages are grown. .Larva feeds on various Cruciferae beneath a silken web, over-wintering as a pupa.Two or more generations occur between May and September, and the larvae feed on the leaves of certain typesof vegetables as well as weeds.he moth has a short life cycle (14 days at 25 °C),



Larva feeds on various Cruciferae beneath a silken web, over-wintering as a pupa.






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