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.
Swede 'Butter' Under Attack