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990220.0019220Crocidolomia binotalis Zeller, 1852 – Cabbage Webworm
Distribution Data for Crocidolomia binotalis
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Distribution: Asia, Australia and Africa; not found in North America north of Mexico.
and Size:
Forewing length ranges 11-13mm
Larva and
Host Plants:
Larvae feed on cruciferous plants including Brassica juncea (mustard greens), Brassica oleracea (cultivars: cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts), and Brassica rapa (turnip). Larvae have also been recorded on Capsicum annuum (Pepper, including the bell and chili pepper), Gossypium (cotton), and Raphanus sativus (radish) Larvae with darks heads, first instars appear grey. Later instars are light green; this color varies dependent on diet.
Field Marks:
Forewings with “considerable variation in the delineation of beige markings on the cream background”. Males tend to have more conspicuous coloration and also dark hair tufts (sex scales) at the base of the costal margin. Both sexes have two white spots surrounded by orange-brown scales on the upper half of the wing, in the middle. A dark brown oblique streak can be seen on the posterior margin of the wing; more noticeable in males. Hindwings white, with light brown scales near the apex.
Similar Species:
  • This species has a distinct wing pattern that can reliably confirm identity. Evergestis may appear similar to C. pavonana however, North American Evergestis lack the distinct paired white orbicular spots
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Crocidolomia pavonana
  • (1) Natural History Museum: HOSTS- A Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants website
  • (2) Global Crop Pests, Identification and Information: Cabbagehead Caterpillar (CHC). Cornell University. website
  • (3) Species Page at BOLD Barcoding Project - website.
Crocidolomia binotalis
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