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?

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!

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.

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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