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Plutella xylostella
Diamond-back Moth (Linnaeus, 1758)
Plutellidae
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Photo © Dave Appleton,  09/06/2016 - North Elmham

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Plutella porrectella
Wingspan: 12-17mm
Flight: Two (Three) Generations. May - Sept
Foodplant:   Brassica spp. or Cruciferae.
Nat Status: Migrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
Status
Common immigrant from mainland Europe.

Can be found in any habitat under favourable conditions with many thousands recorded at coastal sites.

Whole fields of crops were destroyed in a great immigration of 1891 [MBGBI 3:99]

A vast migrant swarm was recorded nationally in 2016, with several million estimated in Norfolk the first week of June.
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Video by Ryan Irvine - Hemsby 01/06/16

Recorded in 66 (89%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1874.
Last Recorded in 2024.

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
18/06/2024127TG31Upton
18/06/2024327TG04Cley next the Sea
16/06/2024227TG04Cley next the Sea
16/06/2024128TF63Snettisham
15/06/2024227TG51Scratby
14/06/2024127TG51Scratby
14/06/2024128TF63Snettisham
12/06/2024128TL99Little Ellingham
08/06/2024127TG42Eccles
07/06/2024127TG42Eccles
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