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  Sugarcane Looper (Mocis frugalis)





Sugarcane Looper | Mocis frugalis photo
Sugarcane Looper

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SUGARCANE LOOPER FACTS

Identification
The adult Sugarcane Looper moth is brown with a diagonal dark line with a pale edge across each forewing. There is a row of dark dots between the line and the trailing edge of the forewing. There is also a dark dot on each forewing near the apex on the wings. The caterpillars are pale green or yellow, with two black bands behind the thorax. They move like a looper caterpillar.

Food
The Sugarcane Looper caterpillars are an agricultural pest on Oats, Sugar Cane and various Grasses

Breeding
The Caterpillars pupate in a cocoon in a twisted leaf.

Range
Found across Africa and Asia, including India, and northern Australia



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Noctuidae
Genus:Mocis
Species:frugalis
Common Name:Sugarcane Looper