Tomato Looper

Chrysodeixis chalcites, Tomato Looper.

Plusia chalcites is the serious pest of tomato, tobacco, cotton, crucifers, and legumes. The Common names are golden twin spot, tomato looper; green garden looper. The synonym of this species is Chrysodeixis chalcites. It is geographically distributed in across the Europe, North Africa, Middle East, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The high level of infestation is known to be established in green houses or poly-tunnels protested vegetables and decorative plants in Morocco, Bulgaria, other North African and Mediterranean countries.

Russell IPM manufactures and supplies pheromone lure, trap and complete monitoring systems for Tomato looper moth Plusia chalcites. Pheromone trap data gives early warning of the infestation and also exhibit the density of the insect population


Eggs are laid one at a time or in small groups on a wide range of substrates. Larvae will often drop from the leaf and hang on a silken thread when disturbed. Pupae are green with a brown dorsum, or are totally brown, and are usually attached to the underside of leaves or any suitable substrate in a silken cocoon. Adults rest with the wings folded over their back in a “tentlike” arrangement. The adult of C. chalcites is relatively easy to screen for in trap samples. The forewing has two silver spots, or stigma, which are oval in size . The ground colour of the forewing is usually golden, hence the common name golden twin spot is very appropriate (according to USDA / APHIS / PPQ PEST ALERT).

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Trap application guidelines

Do not re-use the trap to monitor different insects as this may lead to mixed catches. One trap for every two hectares of large scale fields of homogenous lands.

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Lures for pest monitoring


Lures can be changed every 4-6 weeks to get the most accurate results.

Lures handling

Pheromone lures are a very sensitive tool. They can be affected by exposure to elevated heat and direct sunshine. Direct touching by hand may cause cross contamination leading to mixed catches in the trap. Some contaminants such as Nicotine May have repellent effect reducing trap catch.

Lure Storage

Store in a cool dry place.

Shelf life can vary from 3-36 months depending on the storage temperature.

See Technical Data Sheet for further details.

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