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Plutella xylostella

Diamondback Moth

Cabbage Moth

Plutella xylostella (Diamondback moths) sometimes called as cabbage moth  are considered pests as they feed on the leaves of cruciferous crops and plants that produce glucosinolates. The small, grayish-brown moth sometimes has a cream-colored band that forms a diamond along its back. The moth has a short life cycle (14 days at 25 °C), is highly fecund, and is capable of migrating long distances. It has diamondback moth has a wingspan of about 15 mm and a body length of 6 mm. The forewings are narrow, brownish gray and lighter along the anterior margin, with fine, dark speckles. A creamy-colored stripe with a wavy edge on the posterior margin is sometimes constricted to form one or more light-colored diamond shapes, which is the basis for the common name of this moth. It is a serious pest of Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Mustard, Radish, Brussels sprout.

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Mode of action

It is the process of attracting the pest, and trapping those insects that damages the fruits.

Advantages

Economically Affordable, easy to install and manage.

Pheromone traps are species-specific

Reduces the need for use of harmful pesticide and insecticides.

If installed at proper tiime. it can detect low numbers of insects infestation.

Non toxic and can be used all along the year.

Precautions

One should use hand gloves / clean hand for handling lure

Avoid using alkaline or acidic pH products.

Do not use in combination with chemical pesticides and fertilizer

Farming
Picking Weeds
Rice paddy
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