Definition of diamondback moth in English:

diamondback moth

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noun

  • A small greyish moth which displays a pattern of diamonds along its back when the wings are folded. The caterpillar can be a pest of brassicas and other cultivated vegetables.
    • Plutella xylostella, family Yponomeutidae
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    • They can also harbour aphids and insects like the diamondback moth, a pest of canola.
    • The researchers tested the GM plants by exposing them to caterpillars of the diamondback moth.
    • Without its natural enemies, such as ground beetles, spiders and minute parasitic wasps, the diamondback moth is content to munch away on a never-ending supply of cabbage worldwide.

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