Cabbage Moth Mamestra brassicae


Family Noctuidae » Subfamily Hadeninae » Mamestra brassicae (Linnaeus, 1758) 73.274 (BF2154)
Wingspan 37-45 mm. A fairly distinctively marked moth with a white outline of the kidney mark. The ground-colour can vary. The caterpillars are pests of cultivated brassicas, but will also feed on the leaves of most cultivated or wild herbaceous plants. It has three generations and can be seen May to September. Most frequent in cultivated areas, but found in various habitats, including open woodland. It is attracted to light. A resident species and common throughout Britain, but less so further north.


Cabbage Moth Mamestra brassicae
Cabbage Moth Mamestra brassicae

Attracted to outside light, back garden, South Staffordshire. 18th May 2014. Photos © Peter Hillman.