Bug of the Week: A Green Gem of a Caterpillar

Looking for salad greens in the garden, I noticed something on the radish leaves.

It is a cabbage looper caterpillar, Trichoplusia ni.


The caterpillar is a beautiful shade of green and almost translucent in the light.

Although it doesn’t show as well at this resolution, the details of the head and true legs are amazing.

I found a new pupa nearby. It had been accidentally pulled from its silk cocoon.

Can you see the wing pads?

Instead of finding salad greens, I found other greens instead.

1 Comment

  1. Karen

    These pictures are awesome!

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