How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Seasonal development and life cycle—Loopers

Eggs are laid singly on undersides of older leaves; eggs are dome-shaped with ridges. The larvae occur primarily on the underside of leaves and are easily recognized by their habit of arching their backs. They feed mostly on mature foliage. The pupa is enclosed in a thin silk cocoon spun on the underside of mature leaves, in the crown of the plant, or in debris on the ground.

Cabbage looper egg
Cabbage looper egg

Cabbage looper larva
Cabbage looper larva

Cabbage looper adult
Cabbage looper adult

Cabbage looper pupa
Cabbage looper pupa


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