Moths of North Dakota

Noctuidae: Plusiinae: Argyrogrammatini

Trichoplusia ni (Hübner 1803)

Common name: Cabbage looper.

Hodges #: 8887.

Identification: Rfw 16.7 mm, fw shades of gray, weakly shining, st. line with a series of black wedges, outer row of fringe scales of hw mostly white.  Abdomen of male with yellow inter-segmental lateral scale tufts, clasper with dorsal margin arched near base and cucullus rounded distally.

Similar species: 8889, 8890, 8895, 8908, 8914.

Distribution: Cosmopolitan, in the New World from central Canada to northern Argentina.

Hosts: Larvae feed on a huge variety of herbaceous plants, showing a preference for Brassicaceae– mustards.

Note: The often sited 'isolated silver fw spot' of economic literature is subject to variable genetic expression and wing ware.  


ND, Cass Co., Fargo. 15- IX- 2004.  fluorescent light, coll. G. Fauske.


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Last updated: 01/13/05

Gerald M. Fauske
Research Specialist
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Fargo, ND 58105

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