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Cabbage Looper, Cabbage Worm (Trichoplusia ni)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Noctuidae (nok-TOO-ih-dee) (Info)
Genus: Trichoplusia
Species: ni


No positives
1 neutral
2 negatives


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona
Barling, Arkansas
Channel Islands Beach, California
Mountain View, California
Santa Clara, California
Cape Coral, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Honolulu, Hawaii
Kankakee, Illinois
Almont, Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan (2 reports)
Leland, Mississippi
Las Vegas, Nevada (2 reports)
Zebulon, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Akron, Ohio
Baker City, Oregon
Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
Morrisville, Pennsylvania
San Antonio, Texas

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Member Notes:

Negative Terry On Jul 27, 2006, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a) wrote:

A highly destructive crop pest, cabbage loopers feed on members of the Cruciferae family (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower), and even tomatoes and cucumbers. They feed on the undersides of leaves and move toward the center of the plant.

Neutral HolyChickin On Jun 23, 2010, HolyChickin from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:

I live in S. Florida and had this little beastie munching on my tomato plants. It seems they are way worse in the Summer/Fall months than any other time. I actually had a tomato plant almost croak because they devoured almost all the leaves off it.

Since I refuse to use pesticides on any of my fruits or vegetables; you can usually find me out in the garden chopping their heads off with a pair of rose pruners. This seems to do the trick! It also isn't hard to find them as they like to roll up in the leaves. Like that's going to protect them... HA! CHOP!!

I put forth a little more effort but, since I go to such lengths, I have super tasty tomatoes! Also, I got smart and bought a solar bug zapper. It's currently staked in my garden and catches the adults BEFORE they can lay their eggs on my plants. So the combination of all that plus weekly applications of Neem and insecticidal soap have been keeping them under control. Tomatoes are rockin!

I put this one in the books as a win!

Negative drobarr On Jul 17, 2013, drobarr from Hummelstown, PA
(Zone 6b) wrote:

I get this pest on fall grown broccoli and or cabbage. So in order to avoid it I plant my crucifers in the early spring as a cultural method to avoid the pest.

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