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Plutella xylostella

Scientific Name Of The Pest

Common Name Of The Pest

Diamondback moth

Host Crops:

Cabbages, Cauliflowers , Broccoli

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Pest Identification:

  • The adult is a small, slender, grayish-brown moth with pronounced antennae.

  • It is about 6 mm long, and marked with a broad cream or light brown band along the back.

  • The band is sometimes constricted to form one or more light-colored diamonds on the back, which is the basis for the common name of this insect.

  • ·When viewed from the side, the tips of the wings can be seen to turn upward slightly.

  • Adult males and females live about 12 and 16 days, respectively, and females deposit eggs for about 10 days.

  • The moths are weak fliers, usually flying within 2 m of the ground, and not flying long distances. However, they are readily carried by the wind.


  • Plant damage is caused by larval feeding.

  • Although the larvae are very small, they can be quite numerous, resulting in complete removal of foliar tissue except for the leaf veins. This is particularly damaging to seedlings, and may disrupt head formation in cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower.

  • The presence of larvae in florets can result in complete rejection of produce, even if the level of plant tissue removal is insignificant.

Control Measures:​

  • Set up APS Delta trap/APS Water traps with APS PLU-T Lures to monitor, attract and kill the male moths @ 5-8nos per acre and change the septa once in 4-5 weeks.

​Pheromone Lure Details

  • Dispenser : Vial

  • Material : U V Stabilized Plastic polymer

  • Packaging : Individually Sachet Packed

  • Sachet Material : Foil Lined Laminate

  • Field Life Of Pheromone lure : 45 days



  • Cost effective

  • Easy & Simple to install

  • Non-toxic and safe for environment

  • Does not harm beneficial insects

  • Scientific & Safe

  • Confirms organic input standards

  • pheromones are species specific and attract only target pest Can be used all season long

  • Withstands sunlight & rain

Recommended Traps:

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