The Problem

Caterpillars

Order:Lepidoptera

What are Caterpillars?

There are many types of caterpillars which are the larval stage of moths and butterflies,
such as cabbage moth, cabbage white butterfly, potato moth or tomato moth. The moths lay their
eggs on the underside of leaves. The caterpillars hatch from eggs and then feed on the leaves or fruit. Another kind
of caterpillar is the armyworm which is brown or green (or sometimes striped) and mostly feeds at night. Some
caterpillars (cutworm) cut through seedlings or transplants while others including armyworm attack lawns causing
large areas of damage. The parent moth does not cause damage and is not often seen as they mainly fly at night.

What are the symptoms?

Holes are seen in the leaves or fruit. Holes areusually irregular in shape. Black or brown droppings can also be an
indication of the presence of caterpillars.

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