Chrysodeixis chalcites

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Tomato Looper
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Chrysodeixis
Species: C. chalcites
Binomial name
Chrysodeixis chalcites
(Esper, 1789)
  • Phalaena-Noctua chalcites Esper, 1789
  • Plusia verticillata
  • Plusia chalcites
  • Phytometra chalcytes
  • Autographa chalcites

The Tomato Looper (Chrysodeixis chalcites) is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It is found from southern Europe, the Levant and tropical Africa, but can be found in great parts of Europe because it is a migratory species.

The length of the forewings is 15–18 mm. The moth flies from June to October.[1]

The larvae feed on various herbaceous plants, such as Echium vulgare, Apium, Rubus, but also Tomato, Fragaria and Tobacco[1] which is why it is perceived as a pest.


  1. ^ The flight season refers to The Netherlands. This may vary in other parts of the range.


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