Every morning I go out into my garden with a little bit of trepidation, worried about what I might find. It’s a rare day where there is no damage from some sort of critter. Most are easy to identify. This cabbage has been trimmed by my chickens (they can just reach over the chicken wire to the outer edges of the leaves) and then had its heart munched by a possum. I think it’s time to harvest before nothing’s left.
This time of year (heck, almost all year) the white cabbage moths are really active. Their caterpillars can eat half a broccoli leaf in a day. Every morning I pick them off and feed them to my grateful chickens. Not that they appreciate the pupae enough to leave that cabbage alone! Oh gosh, now that I look at the photo I see an egg just above the caterpillar – it’s that small white speck. I’d better rush down and squash it before I have something else to pick off my plant in a couple of days.
What I can’t figure out is what in the world snipped off my bean leaf? There was no sign of animal or insect activity on the plant or anywhere in this bed. A possum would have eaten more, a snail would have left a trail, a caterpillar would have munched through multiple stems and parts of leaves, a leafcutter bee would have cut a hole in the leaf… What did this?
i tell you what it’s a problem the world over! everything i grow gets eaten, just not by me and mine!
🙂 I know how you feel!
Your photos are beautiful! What a mystery…looking forward to finding out!
But will I find out? I need a motion activated camera with night vision!
I’ve seen cabbage worms do that and more in a day or so.Organic solution BT worms like a charm and is harmless to anything but caterpillars.
As for the bean leaf….. ?
Yes, but cabbage worms always leave a trail of droppings. Possums and chickens take their droppings away.
Thanks for the tip about the organic solution. So far I’m staying on top of my caterpillars by watching the leaves and plucking any offenders before they do much damage. There’s no way I could manage this if I had a full time job but since I’ve got time, I enjoy the hunt and my chickens enjoy the spoils.
Agreed, no frass = no worms….
Here the brand names are “Dipel” for the dust and “Thuricide” for the liquid.
Even though the names sound ominously close to chemical pesticides, BT (bacillus thuringiensis) is benign stuff to everything other than plants munching worms….
Thanks for the heads up – you’re right, the names sound particularly scary.