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Integrated Pest Management · Agriculture and Natural Resources

University of California

Leaf-feeding caterpillars on flowers and vegetables



Cabbage looper larva

Cabbage looper larva.

Tomato pinworm larva

Larva of tomato pinworm.

Caterpillars chew irregular holes in foliage or blossoms or entirely consume seedlings, young shoots, buds, leaves, or flowers. Some caterpillars fold or roll leaves together with silk to form shelters. Caterpillar feeding can kill or retard the growth of young plants.

Foliage-feeding caterpillars (general)