Diamondback Moths

The Diamondback Moth family (Plutellidae) is a relatively small family within the group of micro-moths. The adult moths hold their wings in the resting position at a fairly steep angle as a kind of rooftop. The filamentous antennas are typically extended forward. The wings are narrow and elongated.


Genus: Plutella

Diamondback Moth – 2019 (NL)
(NCBI-index: 51655)

In the summer you can often sit outside after dinner and you are sometimes lucky that something special flies by. This also applies to the Diamond-back Moth (Plutella xylostella). The head and thorax are white and the forewing is greyish brown, sometimes darker, with a whitish band along the dorsum. The separation with the dark outer band is wavy in the shape of a sinusoid. The flying period is in several generations throughout the year, most common in the summer months and the wingspan is 12-17mm. Host plant: Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, and Cabbage. Dutch name: Koolmot. Frisian name:

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