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Cabbage Looper

Trichoplusia ni

Description:

The cabbage looper moth has a wingspan of about 38 mm. Near the center of each brownish-gray forewing is a silver figure-eight design; the lighter colored hind wings have dark margins. This green larva has three pairs of prolegs and several white stripes which run the length of the body. It moves in a characteristic "looping" motion.

Habitat:

Native to North America, the cabbage looper is common from southern Canada into Mexico. In the U.S., this caterpillar is primarily a problem in the South. cabbage and related plants, cotton, potato, spinach, lettuce, celery, parsley, tomato, and soybean. Collards and cotton are preferred over broccoli, cauliflower, or cabbage for oviposition.

Notes:

It is somewhat erratic in occurrence, typically very abundant one year, and then scarce for two to three years. This is likely due to a nuclear polyhedrosis virus.

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4 Comments

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 5 years ago

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urbicae
urbicae 6 years ago

Nice. It's larva finished a third of my basil supply. :)

keithp2012
keithp2012 6 years ago

Cabbage Looper

keithp2012
keithp2012 6 years ago

Some sort of moth

West Babylon, New York, USA

Lat: 40.70, Long: -73.35

Spotted on Aug 31, 2010
Submitted on Sep 7, 2010

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