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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.