Thanks to Spritzhenry answering my question a while, I found that caterpillars have been munching on my spring cabbage!
I started daily examinations of the shoots to check for caterpillars and found several in a week but haven’t found any more for a while now. Unfortunately they had caused some damage already and I have a row of stems with no leaves.
Look what they did!
The caterpillars were very hard to spot. All of the ones that I found were leaning against the stems, motionless. Perfect camouflage as with their colour they look just like another eaten stem.
Fortunately they didn’t get to everything and I have a row of cabbage with almost no damage.
I’m not sure what I was expecting but they look very un-cabbage like to me at the moment. I can’t wait to try them next spring though and I’ve already had a request for a couple from a friend – that’s if the caterpillars don’t get there first!
- 22 Nov, 2007
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