Common Specie         
   Trichoplusia ni
Common Name:



Cabbage looper

Hadda beetle

Damaging Stage:


Crops Afected:

Solanaceous, cucurbits, brassicas, legumes, rice

Characteristics Damage:

All stages of the crop can be attacked by semi-looper.

  Larvae feed on the underside of the leaves creating small holes which may lead to complete defoliation of the crops.                                                                                     
  It can cause stunting of cabbage and cauliflower heads.
Control and Management:

Monitor the area regularly.

  Prune heavily infested leaves and dispose properly.
  Use natural enemies-predators such as small trichogrammatid wasps, ichneumonid, braconid, elasmid, eulophid and chalcid wasps, and spiders. 
  Spray botanical insecticides such as neem, hot pepper and kakawate extracts.
  Apply insecticides such as pyrethrins, cyfluthrin, carbaryl (Sevin®), permethrin and spinosad.