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Cabbage Looper

Trichoplusia ni

Description:

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.

Notes:

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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2 Comments

Ana Rosa
Ana Rosa 9 years ago

Thank you Eulalia!

nnvieira2011
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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