Diamondback Moth Caterpillar


Description: Greenish-yellow with black hairs; slightly pointed at both ends; wiggles rapidly when disturbed and hangs from a silk thread; about 1/3 inch long. Overwinters as a pupa in the leaves of the host plant.

Damage: Larvae chew holes in all parts of the plant, but prefer areas around the bud. Larvae may be present in the heads and go unnoticed until cooking.

What to do: Apply a recommended insecticide. Clean up old plants after harvest to remove pupae.

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