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  • Cross-Striped Cabbageworm Moth - (Evergestis rimosalis)

    Cross-Striped Cabbageworm Moth - (Evergestis rimosalis)

    A plain-looking adult Cross-Striped Cabbageworm Moth can beget an army of leaf-chewing caterpillars that quickly consume garden produce.

    Staff Writer (7/31/2017): The larvae of the Cross-Striped Cabbageworm Moth is an enemy to anyone growing cabbage, Brussel sprouts, collards, and other leafy green vegetables. Tubular white eggs are attached with silk to the underside of a leaf. Once they hatch, the light green caterpillars immediately begin chewing their way through the leaf they are on, moving to neighboring leaves as they grow. They change color and begin showing a striping pattern that crosses the body left to right as they mature. Larger caterpillars have thicker stripes, giving it a darker appearance. The reproduction of the moth is ongoing throughout the summer, so a single leaf of collard greens could harbor caterpillars of varying ages. Because of their evolving colors as they age, it may lead an observer to think many different species are attacking the leaf.

    Preventing the adult female moth from laying eggs on the plant is the easiest way to deal with this garden pest. Covering plants with row covers will keep the eggs off of the food source. If an infestation has already started, insecticidal sprays can help control a population. Removing individual caterpillars by hand as well as any unhatched eggs can alternatively curb their numbers and limit small crop damage.

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    Cross-Striped Cabbageworm Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Cross-Striped Cabbageworm Moth
    Scientific Name: Evergestis rimosalis

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Crambidae
           Genus: Evergestis
            Species: rimosalis

    Size (Adult, Length): 10mm to 14mm (0.39in to 0.55in)

    Identifying Colors: black, white, green, yellow, brown

    Additional Descriptors: caterpillar, chewing, harmful, bands, bumps, flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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