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Cabbage centre grub

Constraint - Cabbage centre grub


  • Adult moths are about 12 mm long with light and dark brown markings

  • Larvae are a creamish colour with dark heads, grow up to 12 mm long and have reddish-brown stripes along the body


  • Caterpillars of the cabbage centre grub attack canola by tunneling into the growing points of the plants, covering the entrances with webbing

  • Occasionally, they feed within the leaves of older plants, forming blisters

  • Cabbage centre grubs are active throughout summer and autumn


  • Numbers are rarely high enough to cause economic damage


Control is seldom necessary. Beneficial predaotors and registered insecticides are effective in controlling this pest. 


Links and Resources

CESAR - Pestfacts. Cabbage centre grub

Feeding damage, observations, distinguishing features, lifecycle, and crop monitoring. Published 2007.

GRDC - Best Practice Management Guide. Cabbage centre grub

Page 58 of 92. Brief information. Feeding habits and damage caused. Published 2009.