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990130.0019130Chrysodeixis chalcites – Golden Twin-spot Moth – (Esper, 1789)

Perry Hamson, UK Moths
Distribution: Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia
and Size:
Multivoltine, up to nine generations annually in areas where species is currently established.
wingspan approximately 40mm.
Larva and
Host Plants:
Larvae feed on representatives of the Asteraceae (lettuce, sunflower, yarrow, and artichoke), Alliaceae (onion), Fabaceae (soybean, cowpea, lima bean, bean, clover, alfalfa, peanut), Brassicaceae (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts), Solanaceae (tobacco, tomato, eggplant, potato, bell pepper and chili pepper), Caricaceae (Papaya), Cucurbitceae (watermelon, cucumber, squash and pumpkin), Poaceae (corn, millet,), Convolvulaceae (sweet potato), Rosaceae (apple), and Labiatae (basil).
Larvae possess three prolegs (including the anal prolegs). Early stage larvae are pale green to white with a black head and thoracic shield, also with multiple white longitudinal lines laterally; later instars green with single distinct thin white lateral line.
Field Marks:
Forewings reddish brown with shiny gold patches. Center of forewing with two shiny silver spots, sometimes touching. Thorax with two distinct thoracic tufts. Hindwings uniformly brown with cream colored fringe.
Similar Species: Distinguishable from Pseudoplusia by male genitalia (2).
  • (1) National Agricultural Pest Information System website
  • (2) CAPS Soybean pest descriptions website
  • (3) Species Page at BOLD Barcoding Project - website.
Data compiled and contributed by Christi Jaeger, MEM from references cited.

Chrysodeixis chalcites
37mm - HI - LG – Canadian Nat'l. Coll.
Chrysodeixis chalcites
LG – Jim Troubridge - f.
Chrysodeixis chalcites
LG – Jim Troubridge -
Chrysodeixis chalcites
– Todd Gilligan
Chrysodeixis chalcites
– Todd Gilligan

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