Diamond-back Moth/ Diamondback Moth Plutella xylostella

Diamond-back moth
Diamond-back moth



A little similar to the Honeysuckle moth, the Diamond-back moth has a more contrasting light back and has irregular patches on its banded antennae. Most have two grey lines on their upturned tail. Many are migrants. They are active throughout the summer and their larvae can be a serious pest to cabbage and related plants.

Wingspan 13-15mm; UK flight time May-Sep.
Diamond-back moth
Diamond-back moth The back which gives the moth its name, by day . . .
Diamond-back moth . . . and by night (patterns not very diamond-shaped).