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Shop > Beneficial Insects > Caterpillar Controls

Easily found on leaves of plants grown in greenhouse, caterpillars are the larval stage of moths and butterflies. Normally, they are not considered major insect pests of greenhouse crops. However, during summer through fall, adults (moths or butterflies) can enter greenhouses through doors, vents or sidewalls and lay eggs on plants. Caterpillars feed on a variety of plants with their mouthparts, and they can severely damage crops.

Pest Description The common caterpillars on crops in greenhouse and outdoors are cabage looper (Trichoplusia ni,),corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea), gypsy moth caterpillars (Lymantria dispar) and many more.

Caterpillars Size Colour and Shape Eggs Extra Information Controls
Cabbage looper 1 1/2 inch Pale green with a narrow white stripe along each side and several narrow lines down the back Pale yellow and round Adults are night-flying, gray moths Traps and Lures, BTK spray and Trichogramma parasitic wasps
Corn earworm 1 1/2 inch Yellowish, greenish or brownish with distinct stripes Initially pale green but turn yellowish and then grey in round shape, deposited on leaf hairs and corn silks Adults have yellowish brown coloured wings Traps and Lures, BTK spray and Trichogramma parasitic wasps
Gypsy moth caterpillars 2 inch Very hairy and have five pairs of blue dots followed by six pairs of red dots along the back Masses have tan or buff-coloured hairs on tree trunks Males are grayish brown and can fly and females are whiteish with black marks and cannot fly Traps and Lures and BTK spray

TRICHOGRAMMA WASPS <br> (Parasite)
TRICHOGRAMMA WASPS
(Parasite)


SPINED SOLDIER BUG <br> (General Predator)
SPINED SOLDIER BUG
(General Predator)


New! Trichogramma Wasp <br>(Parasite)
Trichogramma Wasp
(Parasite)


PRAYING MANTIS (General Predator)
PRAYING MANTIS (General Predator)



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