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Cabbage Looper Moth

Trichoplusia ni

Description:

Brown moth with various shades of brown and creme over entire moth. Brown striped legs, brown eyes and "hairy" bump behind the head.

Habitat:

On outside wall attracted to the porch light.

Notes:

"Few people realize that the voracious hornworm, looper and armyworm caterpillars that defoliate desert wildflowers, crop plants and garden vegetables, eventually become nectar-feeding adult moths that render important pollination services to many of the same plants. Moth pollination is more prevalent in the Southwest than in other regions of North America, largely due to warm evenings, favorable climate, and proximity to the moth-rich canyons and thorn- scrub of northern Mexico. " - DesertMuseum.org

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Escondido, California, USA

Spotted on Sep 24, 2011
Submitted on Sep 24, 2011

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