Cabbage White Caterpillar and Butterfly
The cabbage white caterpillar and butterfly can wreak havoc on your cabbage and mustard family crops. The butterfly lays the eggs on your plants. The caterpillars eat your leaves and can bore inside.
Cabbage White Butterfly
Cabbage White Butterfly – By itself the cabbage white butterfly is not a pest. It doesn’t eat or damage your plants. The issue is the butterfly comes into the garden and looks for fresh, hearty leaves to lay it’s eggs on. As the eggs mature, they become caterpillars that eat all your leaves.
What The Cabbage White Butterfly Looks Like
The butterfly can be distinguished by the white or creamy white coloring with small black dots on its wings.
Watch Where It Lands in Your Yard
If you see the butterfly landing in your yard, be on the lookout where it is landing. Check for eggs and remove them from your plants to protect them from a caterpillar infestation.
Normally, the butterfly will drop one, single, light orange colored egg on a leaf.
Cabbage White Caterpillar
The caterpillars hatch from eggs and start eating all the leaves on your plants. Creating holes everywhere.
It bores into the interior of the cabbage and other plants feeding on new sprouts. Many people mistake the cabbage white caterpillars for cabbage loopers.
Here are some of the plants that cabbage white caterpillars enjoy: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, collards, turnips, cabbage, radish, horseradish.
Have An Infestation of Caterpillars?
If you have an infestation of caterpillars eating your plants and would like to know how to get rid of them, I covered that HERE.