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  Cabbage Cluster Caterpillar (Crocidolomia pavonana)





Cabbage Cluster Caterpillar | Crocidolomia pavonana photo
female moth of Cabbage Cluster Caterpillar - the female has paler markings than the male

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Cabbage Cluster Caterpillar | Crocidolomia pavonana photo
adult moth of Cabbage Cluster Caterpillar - female

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Cabbage Cluster Caterpillar | Crocidolomia pavonana photo
The markings on this moth are very indistinct, and the white spots are barely noticeable. Not sure if is a colour variation or a another Crocidolomia sp.?

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INSECT FACTS

Identification
The adult Cabbage Cluster Caterpillar moth is pale brown with dark markings, and two small white triangular spots on each forewing. The female is similar to the male but with more subtle markings on the wings. The caterpillars are green with a yellow stripe on the back and a brown head. The brown pupa is in a loose cocoon in the loose soil at the base of the food plant.

Size
wingspan 3cm. Caterpillar length to 2cm

Food
The caterpillars are an agricultural pest on plants of the Brassicacaea family, especially cabbages. Initially they feed only on the undersides of the leaves, then attack the rest of the leaves and central shoot.

Breeding
Up to 300 greenish eggs are laid at a time. They hatch after about four days.

Range
found in Africa, Asia and much of Australia.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Crambidae
Genus:Crocidolomia
Species:pavonana
Common Name:Cabbage Cluster Caterpillar