Friend or Foe?

Prosper, TX(Zone 8a)

I just found this lil guy on a dead basil leaf blowing in the wind. Wondering if its a keeper or a pest?

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Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

It looks very interesting, I hope someone knows what it is.

Prosper, TX(Zone 8a)

I think it may be a Plutella xylostella also known as diamondback moth or pest. Will place it in a lit grow out tank and see what becomes should it be the diamond it'll get fed to one of my carnivorous plants. If its a keeper then Ill release it but I am thinking its a pest.

Prosper, TX(Zone 8a)

It is nearing opening!

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Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

Very interesting Michael.

Prosper, TX(Zone 8a)

My suspicions were correct in that it is a pest Plutella xylostella and after this pic was fed to my Nepenthes pitcher.

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Liberty Hill, TX(Zone 8a)

So goes the cycle of life.

Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

LOL Michael! Great job raising it just to see if you were correct, tho.

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