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Snack Attack!

Friday, 18 Nov 11 Sunny 31°C / 88°F

I’ve been watering the herb garden & our square foot gardens in the back yard each morning, and had noticed over the last few days that out Swedes, which started as direct sown seeds and have been sprouting wonderfully, had started showing signs of bug attack. My cursory inspections while watering did not reveal anything though.

Yesterday afternoon however, after dinner, Damaris & I were taking a walking tour of the garden, and noticed caterpillars all over the leaves! The sneaky blighters were happily munching away in their almost invisible disguise, as their colour matched perfectly with the colour of the leaves. We pulled off about a dozen that we saw, but it was getting rather dark by then.

Watering this morning, I had Joshua following me around, and he was bored, so I told him to go find caterpillars. The picture here shows the result of this morning’s exercise – another dozen! I suspect they are Cabbage Moth larvae. Does anyone think otherwise?

Wish I could let the chooks into them – they’d have a field day, but then they’d destroy everything else as well. So I guess it’s time to step up the vigilante patrols and see who wins the war.


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Day 35

Swede 'Butter'

Brassica napobrassica

Under Attack


  • graibeard

    graibeard wrote:

    Yep, cabbage moth in my book. (often on the underside and hiding on a leaf rib, at least they are the harder ones to see and thus easily missed.)

    Posted on 18 Nov 11 (over 3 years ago)

  • LillyPilly

    LillyPilly wrote:

    The caterpillars also seem to change their colour according to the leaf colour, sneaky little so and sos.

    If the boys are young enough, a small payment per critter might be even more efficient than chickens. Works for snails too ;-)

    Posted on 19 Nov 11 (over 3 years ago)

  • Dogs

    Dogs wrote:

    Graibeard is right on the money. Cabbage moth blasted caterpillars. Its probably the only one I know by sight as I had so many of them last season and looks like they are back with a vengeance.. Lillypilly had a good idea. Put a bounty onthe creatures head for the young one to go and collect. We have chooks and ducks down here. I don’t mind the ducks going through getting the grubs as they seem to do less damage than the chooks. Ducks just waddle and may tread on a few seedlings but them blasted chooks, eat the plant, scratch up the plant and do allsorts of other things too. Anyhow, best of luck with it all.

    Posted on 19 Nov 11 (over 3 years ago)

  • Russell

    Russell wrote:

    Thanks. Josh volunteered to go looking this morning as he was bored again. He said he found another 7 or 8, and it didn’t cost me any money ;-)

    Posted on 19 Nov 11 (over 3 years ago)

  • TeresaGreen

    TeresaGreen wrote:

    my little boy helps me find the caterpillars too esp. with the added incentive of being able to feed them to the chooks afterwards

    Posted on 21 Nov 11 (over 3 years ago)

  • Russell

    Russell wrote:

    Yep, the slugs go that way too. Another 8 found today :(

    Posted on 21 Nov 11 (over 3 years ago)

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