The Cabbage looper | Trichoplusia ni | The looper can be a problem in the garden

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The Cabbage looper, Trichoplusia ni, can be a problem in the garden and this is how i deal with it. It is a moth in the family Noctuidae, a family commonly referred to as owlet moths. Its common name comes from its preferred host plants and distinctive crawling behavior.

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The Cabbage looper | Trichoplusia ni | The looper can be a problem in the garden
The Cabbage looper, Trichoplusia ni

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The cabbage looper (Trichoplusia ni) is a moth in the family Noctuidae, a family commonly referred to as owlet moths. Its common name comes from its preferred host plants and distinctive crawling behavior. Cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage, bok choy, and broccoli, are its main host plant; hence, the reference to cabbage in its common name. The larvae is called a looper because it arches its back into a loop when it crawls.

While crucifers are preferred, over 160 plants can serve as hosts for the cabbage looper larvae. The adult cabbage looper is a migratory moth that can be found across North America and Eurasia, as far south as Florida and as far north as British Columbia. Its migratory behavior and wide range of host plants contribute to its broad distribution. The cabbage looper larva is a vegetable pest, especially for crucifers. While it is not extremely destructive, it is becoming difficult to manage due to its broad distribution and resistance to many insecticides. Numerous methods are being researched in order to control this species.

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3 thoughts on “The Cabbage looper | Trichoplusia ni | The looper can be a problem in the garden

  1. i will try DE or BT next year!

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  2. I think that BT would be a good choice. It’s pretty reliable. You might even use a little of both.

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