Order Lepidoptera encompasses both Butterflies and Moths with around 12,000 species found across North America. Interestingly, Moths make up the greater number of the two with fewer than 1,000 being Butterfly species. The Butterfly-like 'Skipper' is also part of the group but noted for their shorter, stockier bodies. Butterflies and Moths are a very common sight throughout the state of Tennessee throughout the summer months, Butterflies found during the day and Moths more likely to be encountered during the evening / night time hours.
Common Name: "Cross-striped Cabbageworm Moth"
Scientific Name: Evergestis rimosalis
TAXONOMIC BREAKDOWN: The Taxonomic Breakdown is the scientific way to categorize a partocular insect species from its largest group (Animalia) to its smallest (variable). The Genus and Species categorizations taken together make up the species' scientific name shown above, in this case Evergestis rimosalis.
Garden Pest: Known to be destructive of garden plants.
Harmful: Known to be harmful in one way or another.
Outdoors: Typically found across the great outdoors.
Pest: Generally considered a pest to humans.
Six-Legged: Six legs are common to this insect.
Small / Tiny: Noticeably small to the naked eye.
Winged: Has wings to hop or fly over distance.
The Cross-striped Cabbageworm Moth has been identified by site users by the following descriptors:
garden   pest   outdoors   six-legged   winged   wings   flying   summer   small   harmful   white   black   yellow   lime  green   hairy   fuzzy   furry
The general likelihood of encountering this insect based on a given month of the year in the state of Tennessee. Generally, the best sighting months are June through August with peak occurring in July.
Below is a representation of the 'smallest-small' and 'largest-large' sizes commonly associated with the Cross-striped Cabbageworm Moth. Due to monitor differences, sizes may not be exact on your particular screen. Conversions to millimeters are provided for convenience.
0.39 inches (10 mm)
0.55 inches (14 mm)
Below you will find the colors most commonly associated with the Cross-striped Cabbageworm Moth. Both Primary and Secondary colors are represented in the showcase. Due to monitor differences, colors may not be exact representations.
The Cross-striped Cabbageworm Moth can be found in the following Tennessee counties:
Credit: Image of the caterpillar form of the Cross-Striped Cabbage Worm moth flying insect. Credit: Julie W. of Franklin, TN. This image is original to www.Insectidentification.org; Used with Permission.
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