Nothing represents sunny climates better than the bougainvillea, with its colorful and lush growth. Some Bougainvillea owners wonder why suddenly their healthy bougainvillea looks like a very hungry intruder has eaten the leaves. This damage is caused by the looper caterpiller. They are not deadly to the plant, but their damage is unsightly. What Does a Looper caterpillar look like? Looper caterpillars are small caterpillars, some call them “inchworms.” The looper caterpillar will be yellow, green or brown and will be found on bougainvilleas. Other plants can be effected, such as four o’clocks and amaranthus. These worms are the larva of the somber carpet moth. This moth is small, only about 1 inch wide, and has brown wings.
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