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Plusiinae (subfamily) Immature

green looper at suppressed

Plusiinae (subfamily) Immature at suppressed - 7 Mar 2023
Plusiinae (subfamily) Immature at suppressed - 7 Mar 2023
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Identification history

Plusiinae (subfamily) Immature 9 Mar 2023 ibaird
Plusiinae (subfamily) Immature 9 Mar 2023 donhe
Lepidoptera unclassified IMMATURE moth 9 Mar 2023 michaelb
Unidentified 9 Mar 2023 arjay

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Presumably a moth since it is a looper but I think some other lepidoptera also have looper caterpillars.


donhe wrote:
   9 Mar 2023
The colour, pattern, and proleg arrangement is characteristic of Plusiinae. It would be interesting to know on what plant it was feeding, and it's species of you can rear it to an adult moth?
arjay wrote:
   11 Mar 2023
Plant is most likely (99% sure) Conyza albida. Also known as tall fleabane, grows up to 2 m high (yep they grow that tall at my place if I don't pull them out first ... or something doesn't eat them) and not an Australian native.
Something has vanished most of the caterpillars although I did find one that was beginning to pupate so theoretically have it safe. No guarantees.

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Species information

  • Plusiinae (subfamily) Immature Scientific name
  • green looper Common name
  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Minor Weed or Pest

Sighting information

  • 4 - 15 Abundance
  • 7 Mar 2023 03:35 PM Recorded on
  • arjay Recorded by

Additional information

  • 12mm to 25mm Animal size
  • Alive / healthy Animal health

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