Small Green Caterpillar

Posted: April 29, 2015 in Articles

My mom and I found an odd looking caterpillar on a metal pole near her plants this morning. We took a picture of it since we hadn’t seen one before, and then I tried to identify it. It was about a centimeter and a half long, and it was green.

Honestly, after trying to identify it for quite some time, I couldn’t find anything that really fits. Part of the problem is that I couldn’t get that close up of a picture, and he’s not a very distinct caterpillar. Though I didn’t get anything really definite, I saw a caterpillar that matched it pretty well. It is called a Diamondback Moth caterpillar.

The Diamondback Moth is sometimes called a “cabbage moth,” because they eat the leaves of plants in Brassica family. This family has cabbage, broccoli, kale, etc. The Diamondback Moth supposedly originated from the Mediterranean and since then it has spread all over the world. If not all over the world, at least to our part of Maryland 😉 I’ve seen these moths here.

If you can confirm our suspicion that it was a Diamondback caterpillar, please do! If you can identify it as something else, that would also be greatly appreciated.

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