The Moths of Suffolk
464 Plutella xylostella, Diamond-back Moth, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Migrant

Local Status : Migrant (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : May be found in any habitat

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May and June to September, with occasional third brood. Local data shows most records from late May to October

Larval foodplants : Brassica spp. or Cruciferae

Morley's Final Catalogue : Never seen in Bentley Woods. Uncommon in Ipswich, on palings in June and at light in September; Felixstow, Foxhall, Winston; in Monks Soham museum and at light in 1931; abundant at Southwold in 1891 (EMM. xxvii, 221) and common in July 1901, sitting in the salterns there under Atriplex port. on 16 July 1912 and beside Benacre Broad at roots of Glaucium flavum in sand on 19 September 1920; Blythburgh Wood, Ashby; on Fritton sugar, and Gorleston palings. Sitting on pine-trunks at Mildenhall; Kennet. 'The most ubiquitous Microlepidopteron; found everywhere, and the most regular migrant' (Whit).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 12-17mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultPlutella porrectella
Plutella haasi

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Eye, Suffolk (21.v.2007) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye, Suffolk (21.v.2007) © Paul Kitchener
Dunwich, Suffolk (5.ix.2013) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (11.vi.2014) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (8.vi.2014) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (1.vi.2016) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (12.v.2016) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (11.v.2016) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (1.vi.2016) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (6.x.2016) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (1.x.2017) © Paul Kitchener