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Mamestra brassicae (Cabbage Moth)

Wikipedia Abstract

The cabbage moth (Mamestra brassicae) is a common Palearctic moth of the family Noctuidae. It is found in Europe, Russia and across the Palearctic to Japan. This species varies in size, with a wingspan of 34–50 mm. The forewings are brown and mottled with a prominent white-edged stigma and a broken white sub terminal line. The hind wings are grey, darker towards the termen. The prominent spur on the tibia of the foreleg is a diagnostic feature, though is best viewed with a magnifying lens. This moth has two or three broods are produced each year and adults can be seen at any time from May to October, occasionally at other times . It flies at night and is attracted to light, sugar and nectar-rich flowers.
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Avon Gorge Woodlands 376 England, United Kingdom
Berwyn a Mynyddoedd de Clwyd/ Berwyn and South Clwyd Mountains 67265 Wales, United Kingdom
Braunton Burrows 3328 England, United Kingdom
Dorset Heaths (Purbeck and Wareham) and Studland Dunes 5491 England, United Kingdom
Fenland 1529 England, United Kingdom
Humber Estuary 90582 England, United Kingdom
Isles of Scilly Complex 66350 England, United Kingdom    
Lizard Point 34565 England, United Kingdom    
Lyme Bay and Torbay 77215 England, United Kingdom
Manchester Mosses 427 England, United Kingdom  
Morecambe Bay 151985 England, United Kingdom
Morecambe Bay Pavements 6449 England, United Kingdom
North Norfolk Coast 7926 England, United Kingdom  
Pembrokeshire Marine/ Sir Benfro Forol 341177 Wales, United Kingdom  
Pen Llyn a`r Sarnau/ Lleyn Peninsula and the Sarnau 360832 Wales, United Kingdom
River Usk/ Afon Wysg 2490 Wales, United Kingdom  
Severn Estuary/ Môr Hafren 182155 England/Wales, United Kingdom
The New Forest 72309 England, United Kingdom
Tintagel–Marsland–Clovelly Coast 6004 England, United Kingdom  

Prey / Diet

Allium cepa (garden onion)[1]
Aquilegia vulgaris (European columbine)[2]
Beta maritima (sea beet)[2]
Brassica oleracea (broccoli)[1]
Bryonia alba (white bryony)[2]
Buddleja davidii (orange eye butterflybush)[1]
Convolvulus arvensis (perennial morningglory)[1]
Cucurbita pepo (field pumpkin)[2]
Dianthus caryophyllus (carnation)[2]
Hyoscyamus niger (henbane)[2]
Lactuca sativa (Lettuce)[1]
Linum mysorense (common flax)[2]
Malus pumila (Common apple)[2]
Nicotiana rustica (Aztec tobacco)[2]
Pisum sativum (Common Pea)[3]
Salix caprea (goat willow)[1]
Silene chalcedonica (maltesecross)[2]
Solanum lycopersicum (Currant Tomato)[2]
Solanum tuberosum subsp. andigena (Irish potato)[3]
Zea mays (corn)[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Acherontia atropos (Death's-head hawk moth)4
Acronicta rumicis (Knot Grass)3
Amphipyra pyramidea3
Anaplectoides prasina (green arches)3
Antitype chi (Grey Chi)3
Biston betularia (peppered moth)3
Cacoecimorpha pronubana (Carnation Tortrix)3
Cnephasia asseclana (Flax Tortrix Moth)3
Cnephasia longana3
Cosmia trapezina (Dun-bar)3
Cossus cossus (Goat Moth)3
Delia florilega (bean seed maggot)4
Delia platura (seedcorn maggot)4
Dilophus febrilis (Fever Fly)3
Discestra trifolii (clover cutworm)3
Eupithecia exiguata (Mottled Pug)3
Euplexia lucipara (Small Angle Shades)3
Euxoa nigricans (Garden Dart)3
Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (Double-striped Pug)4
Hydraecia micacea (potato stem worm)3
Lacanobia oleracea (Bright-line Brown-Eye Moth)7
Lacanobia thalassina (Pale-shouldered Brocade)3
Melanchra persicariae (Dot Moth)3
Naenia typica (Gothic)3
Noctua pronuba (Large Yellow Underwing Moth)5
Odontopera bidentata (Scalloped Hazel)3
Orthosia gracilis (Powdered Quaker)3
Peridroma saucia (variegated cutworm)4
Phlogophora meticulosa (Angle Shades Moth)4
Phragmatobia fuliginosa (ruby tiger moth)3
Trichoplusia ni (cabbage looper)4
Xylena exsoleta (Sword-grass)4
Xylena vetusta (Red Sword-grass)3


Cotesia glomerata[3]




Attributes / relations provided by
1Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
2HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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