The diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella [L.]), is one of the most economically important pests of cruciferous plants throughout the world, causing economically significant damage in broccoli, cabbage, canola, collards, and mustard. In Canada, P. xylostella is an important economic pest of canola (Brassica napus L. and Brassica rapa L.). In North America, the diamondback moth has been collected as far north as Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Despite its wide distribution and presence at economically damaging levels in Canada, there have been no published reports of P. xylostella from Alaska. This note documents the 1st collection of this pest species in interior Alaska. With continued moderation of the climate due to global climate change, this species has the potential to become an increasingly important agricultural pest in the state.
Hagerty, Aaron M.; Pantoja, Alberto; and Emmert, Susan
"First record of diamondback moth (Lepidoptera: Plutellidae) from interior Alaska,"
Western North American Naturalist: Vol. 68
, Article 13.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/wnan/vol68/iss2/13