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
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.
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!