Turnip Moth Facts
- The Turnip Moth forms a Lepidoptera in the family of Noctuidae. This insect species developed as endemic to one portion of the world, but through international trade, has now become common in other portions as well.
- This tiny Lepidoptera represents a variety of cutworm. Within most of its range of habitation, it now constitutes a threat to crops.
- The larvae of this particular species remain rather famous for their voracious appetites and will feed on a wide variety of plants.
- Its larval form has come to be viewed as an invasive and destructive pest. Many methods of biological control have been attempted, with varying degrees of success.
Turnip Moth Physical Characteristics
Both the size and color patterns of the Turnip Moth vary significantly among individuals. In fact, the species exhibits significant sexual dimorphism specifically in its color patterns.
The females present forewings colored dark gray, brown, or black, and their hindwings show gray. In contrast, the forewings of males remain much lighter, while their hind wings show whitish or light gray.
Body length for this invertebrate averages about 0.85 in (22 mm) and its wingspan reaches as much as 1.7 in (45 mm).
Once the species reaches adulthood, its lifespan typically measures 25 days.
Species: A. segutum
Turnip Moth Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
It frequently inhabits a variety of habitats within its range. These include farmland, parks, gardens, forests, and even some areas of sand dunes.
The rather voracious larva feeds on a wide variety of plants. However, its preferred species include cotton, tomato, corn, legumes, sugar beets, and tobacco.
The larvae feed on the entire plant, from the leaves to the roots, thereby destroying everything.