Moths of North Carolina
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Sole representative of Plutellidae in NC
58 NC Records

Plutella xylostella (Linnaeus, 1758) - Diamondback Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Yponomeutoidea Family: PlutellidaeSubfamily: [Plutellinae]Tribe: [Plutellini]P3 Number: 360083.00 MONA Number: 2366.00
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist                                                                                 
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution:
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: This species is an important crop pest, feeding on cabbage and other cultivated Brassicaceae
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed primarily on members of the Brassicaceae, including virtually all cultivated species; records also exist from a few other families (Robinson et al., 2010)
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Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: GNR SNA
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
Comments: Probably introduced from Europe but long-established in North America. As both an exotic species and as an agricultural pest, it does not have any concerns with regard to its conservation. Experimental approaches to control (or eliminate) populations of this species using release of genetically modified males are currently being conducted and the results should be closely monitored. With the potential to extinguish any targeted species -- which could include native "pest" species -- decisions about applying this technology need to be evaluated by ecologists, conservation organizations, and informed citizen groups in addition to governmental oversight agencies.

 Photo Gallery for Plutella xylostella - Diamondback Moth

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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-05-23
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-05-17
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Erich Hofmann on 2020-05-16
Craven Co.
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Recorded by: Erich Hofmann on 2020-05-16
Craven Co.
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Recorded by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn on 2020-05-13
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-05-04
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-04-22
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-04-19
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-04-17
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-04-08
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-04-05
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-04-05
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-03-28
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-03-26
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-03-13
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-03-13
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2020-03-05
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-01-16
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2020-01-07
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-08-23
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-08-17
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-08-17
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-07-28
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-07-28
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: L. M. Carlson on 2019-07-27
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-06-13
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-06-01
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-06-01
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall on 2019-05-27
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2019-04-09
Guilford Co.
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