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Cabbage Looper

Trichoplusia ni


Adult Forewings of the cabbage looper adult are grayish to dark brown with a silvery spot near the center; hindwings are pale brown. The wingspan is 33-38 mm. Immature stages Eggs are a flattened round shape (0.6 mm wide by 0.4 mm high) with fine ridges from top to bottom. Larvae are light to dark green with a light longitudinal stripe on either side of the body and two pair of abdominal prolegs. The body is thick, tapers toward the head and the larvae crawl in a looping fashion, arching the middle portion of the body. Larvae may reach a length of 35 mm, which makes it one of the larger larvae found on vegetable crops. This one was bright green and about 10 millimeters long.


This guy was chewing on my lettuce.

1 Species ID Suggestions

False meter worm, larva of the moth Trichoplusia ni
Trichoplusia ni Trichoplusia ni - Bugwoodwiki

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Ana Rosa
Ana Rosa 9 years ago

Thank you Eulalia!

nnvieira2011 9 years ago

It's a caterpillar

Ana Rosa
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Ana Rosa

Faro, Algarve, Portugal

Spotted on Jul 24, 2011
Submitted on Oct 6, 2011

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