Hellula undalis, Crete - photo © K. Bormpoudaki

Hellula undalis, Crete - photo © K. Bormpoudaki

Hellula undalis (Fabricius, 1781)


Hellula undalis is a moth of the family Crambidae on the island of Crete, Greece.

Scientific name

Hellula undalis (Fabricius, 1781)

Phalaena undalis (Fabricius, 1781)

Pyralis lunulalis (Costa, 1836)

Scoparia alconalis (Walker, 1859)

Leucinodes exemptalis (Walker, 1866)

Pionea geyri (Rothschild, 1915)

Evergestis occidentalis (De Joannis, 1930)

Ashwania reniculus (Pajni & Rose, 1977)

Common name

Cabbage Webworm, Old World Webworm


Superfamily: Pyraloidea > Family: Crambidae > Subfamily: Glaphyriinae > Genus: Hellula


17-19 mm


Adults are greyish-brown moths. There are thin pale wavy lines and a kidney-shaped mark on the forewings. The hindwings are pale, and lightly colored with grey darkening at the margins.


Crops and gardens with cruciferous plants.

Food plant

Brassicaceae (Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, etc).

Hellula undalis is considered a serious agricultural pest. The larva initially bores into the stem of growing shoots, and later mines the leaves and leaf stems.

Flight Period
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Lepiforum e. V.

Lepidoptera Mundi

Moth and Butterflies of Europe and North Africa

Plants Parasites of Europe