Cabbage looper

Cabbage looper (English)

Trichoplusia ni(Botanical)


Young larvae of the cabbage looper start off as dusky white and hairy and eventually turn green (with a distinct white stripe marked on each side) and hairless as they grow and feed on leaves. The head and thoracic legs are pale green or brown. Larvae have three pairs of legs, and crawl by arching their back to form a loop and then projecting the front section of the body forward. At maturity, larvae measures to 3 to 4 cm in length. The cabbage looper moth has wingspan of 33 to 38 mm and its forewings are mottled grey-brown in color; the hind wings are light brown at the base.


Planting of early maturing varieties as they are less vulnerable to attack than late maturing varieties. Row covers also prevent cabbage looper moths from depositing eggs on crops. Chemical control; Dimethoate, Carbaryl, Nemesis, Mac-Ten, Indoxacarb 15 SC

Control chemicals

Dimethoate 40 EC (Dimethoate 40%) - Classified red

Carbaryl 85 WP (Carbaryl 85) - Classified amber

Mac-Ten (Emmamectin Benzoate 50g/kg) - Classified green

Nemesis (Acetamiprid 64 gr/lt + Emamectin benzoate 48 gr/lt) - Classified green

Indoxacarb 15 SC (Indoxacarb 15%) - Classified green


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