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Cabbageworms, Cabbage Loopers, and Cross-Striped Cabbageworms

Cabbageworms are velvety green caterpillars that are 1 to 2 inches long.. White butterflies fluttering around your cole crops are the first sign of these munchers -- they are laying eggs that hatch into tiny cabbageworms that do more damage as they grow. Cabbage loopers are thin, green, inchworm-like caterpillars, also about 1 to 2 inches long. They often appear at the same time as the cabbageworm. The cross-striped cabbageworm is easy to identify by the blue-gray and black stripes across its back. All three pests chew holes in the leaves.

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