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Subject: Interception of the green looper caterpillar in Israel
Date posted: March 05, 2002
Source: EPPO Reporting Service 2001, No. 10
In August 2001, a single, live larva of Chrysodeixis eriosoma, an Asian species whose caterpillar is known as the green looper, was intercepted in Israel on cut flowers of orchids (Cymbidium spp.) from the Netherlands. This lepidopteran's larvae are highly polyphagous pests that feed on the foliage and fruit of a wide variety of field and vegetable crops, ornamentals, and weeds. Primary host plants include tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum), bell pepper (Capsicum annuum), and lettuce (Lactuca sativa). Chrysodeixis eriosoma is not found in the western hemisphere except for Hawaii, where it affects cabbage production.