How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Omnivorous looper—Sabulodes aegrotata

Loopers are green with prominent yellow, green, pinkish and/or black stripes down their backs. They arch their backs as they crawl; this looping movement gives them their name. Full grown larvae are 2 to 2.5 inches long.

Identification of species | Life cycle


Loopers skeletonize leaves. No webbing is produced when feeding. They may also leave scars on the fruit surface.


Handpick. Natural control by viral diseases and predators and parasites can be effective. Applications of Bacillus thuringiensis or spinosad can give some control against loopers, especially when caterpillars are small.

Omnivorous looper larva
Omnivorous looper larva

Looper damage to fruit
Looper damage to fruit

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