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Cabbage Looper (Caterpillar)

Trichoplusia ni


The caterpillar, a measuring worm, is smooth and pale green with white stripes and is one of many species called cabbage worm. It is called a 'looper' because it arches its body as it crawls, inchworm-style. The adult of the species is a nocturnal brown moth.


This species is very destructive to plants due to its voracious consumption of leaves. It is not restricted to cole crops (Brassicaceae); other plant hosts include tomato, cucumber and potato.


ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES!!! Who’s eating who, I wonder? At the bottom of the garden, this 'life & death' struggle was in full swing. I don’t know, but I reckon the grub should feel nervous; he’s about to get more than he bargained for. Tomatoes aren’t known for their sense of humour and this one looks none too pleased. NB: This was a cherry tomato so the grub is reasonably small.


Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

Thanks. It is. My friend was pretty cranky with it though as it was destroying her tomato patch.

maplemoth662 3 years ago

A very pretty caterpillar....

naross 7 years ago

Thanks Argy Bee and Jemma. I recognise the moth, so this caterpillar has been locked in as - Trichoplusia ni
Thanks for you help, and Jemma is right - Go find a cabbage! :-)

Hema 7 years ago


Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

I can't find those in Aus. Jemma

Hema 7 years ago

why are you eating a tomato?go find a cabbage.

Hema 7 years ago

Tomato hornworm?

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Urrrgh... might be the cabbage looper moth - Trichoplusia ni ? gimmee my tomatoes back.

Neil Ross
Spotted by
Neil Ross

QLD, Australia

Spotted on Nov 28, 2010
Submitted on Apr 27, 2013

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