I have been waiting to plant out some spring cabbage so that they wouldn't get devastated by caterpillars - do you reckon all the cabbage whites have finished laying eggs now and it will be safe to plant without them all getting eaten.
I'm no expert on the life cycle of a cabbage white but there were an awful lot of them flittering around my veg patch over the last two weeks. Like you, waiting to put out seedlings of cabbage, PSB and romanesco cauli. (Yes, I know it's the wrong time of year ... let's just call it my "winter experiment"!)
I'm still seeing quite a few butterflies most days so I'm keeping mine covered a bit longer. You might be ok Elaine being further north if the temperature are lower, having said that I've tried finding out on the web and there seems to be now definitive answer. Maybe someone else has more of a clue.
Have no idea on the cabbage white front, but you've got to keep them netted, because of the pigeon menace.
Yes Fred - I've still got the nets on
Thanks for checking it out Maggie - I think I'll plant them out anyway and keep my fingers crossed.
Haven't seen any butterflies for a few days but there's still caterpillars lurking. I discovered the little s*ds on my swedes today so the eggs must have been laid recently. All the other brassicas are netted so they must have gone for the swedes as a last resort.
My nasturtiums are still full of them - only seen one or two cabbage whites flittering about hoping the colder weather will get rid of the last few.
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