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perkoschilefarm
Ben Wheeler, TX

October 17, 2012
4:18 PM

Post #9308268

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

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 17, 2012
4:34 PM

Post #9308286

It looks very interesting, I hope someone knows what it is.
perkoschilefarm
Ben Wheeler, TX

October 17, 2012
4:37 PM

Post #9308290

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.
perkoschilefarm
Ben Wheeler, TX

October 19, 2012
6:20 PM

Post #9310087

It is nearing opening!

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 19, 2012
8:27 PM

Post #9310198

Very interesting Michael.
perkoschilefarm
Ben Wheeler, TX

October 20, 2012
10:15 AM

Post #9310519

My suspicions were correct in that it is a pest Plutella xylostella and after this pic was fed to my Nepenthes pitcher.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 20, 2012
9:02 PM

Post #9310954

So goes the cycle of life.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 21, 2012
10:40 AM

Post #9311302

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

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