Common Name: Cabbage Looper
Latin Name:Trichoplusia ni
Main Host(s): Cole crops but also lettuce, celery, tomato and a wide range of other vegetables.
Cabbage Loopers are native to North America and only overwinter in the warmest Southern areas, such as Florida.
The adults can travel great distances, migrating in the springto Northern regions and arriving even in Canada in July and August.
Female Cabbage Looper moths lay pale green eggs, singly or in small clusters of half a dozen mostly on the undersides of leaves but some on upper leaf areas. The eggs hatch in 3 to 4 days, but even as they go through the five larval stages over the next 18-25 days, the larvae generally remain on the undersides of leaves because they are photosensitive. The larvae move in a looping motion, hence the name “Looper”.
Pupation occurs in the fall and the pupae overwinter followed by emergence in the Spring.