Tag Archives: Plutellidae

Cocoon Within a Cocoon Within a Cocoon

The diamondback moth (Plutellidae: Plutella xylostella) is a European species that is now found all across North America, the larvae feeding on various plants in the mustard family (Brassicaceae). Apparently it’s considered a pretty serious pest, but I’d take it … Continue reading

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New Zealand Zigzag

Since I started paying attention to invertebrate tracks and signs, I have become especially interested in leaf mines.  A leaf mine is the trail left by an insect larva–it could be a moth, fly, beetle, or sawfly–feeding between the epidermal … Continue reading

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