Cross-striped Cabbageworm Moth (Evergestis rimosalis)
The cross-striped cabbageworm moth is a member of the family of grass moths. Caterpillars of these moths are pests of plants belonging to the cabbage family.
Description and Identification
The caterpillars start off light green, become black with yellow stripes along the sides. They even have an orange head, while the short white stripes throughout their body start developing eventually as they mature.
The pupa have a brownish body.
Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.
Color and Appearance
Forewing: When the wings are opened, they are light brownish-grey, with dark grey patches on the wing. When the wings are closed, the patches remain visible.
Hindwing: When the wings are opened, they are white with a shade of gray. A dark spot can also be seen. When the wings are closed, the spot is hidden.
Average wingspan: 2.5 cm
Flight pattern: Erratic
The eggs are white, and tubular, attached to the undersides of the host plant’s leaves with the silk.
|Distribution||Eastern United States|
|Habitat||Gardens and open fields|
|Lifespan of Adults||20 days|
|Host Plants||Brussel sprouts, cabbage, and collard greens|
|Adult Diet||Does not feed|
Did You Know
- French entomologist Achille Guenée first described this species in 1854.