The attack of the Butterfly08:29:00
Awwww and isn't that a pretty little butterfly you are thinking.
All dainty and fluttery and nice having it on with what looks like the lovely blooms of a daisy. Purh!!
I am going to tell you right now to not be fooled by this creature. It thinks its a beautiful butterfly but in fact it is a Cabbage MOTH Butterfly. It is a filthy, dirty, lurking, caterpillar, chomping MOTH!!
The destroyer of Brassica. A Cauliflower chomper and Broccholi Banchi. A destroyer of all things tasty and nice.
'But its not the moth that eats the plants, its the caterpillars that do the damage' you say.
And yes I totally agree, I am fully knowledgeable in the life cycles of caterpillars and butterflies. I have read the Hungry Little Catterpillar numerous times (he really should have laid off the cake!) but they come from that creature and if we are to start garden philosophising on the 'circle of life' then all are to blame in my books.
The kids and I have had a lovely few weeks heading out and inspecting our crops on a day to day basis only to find the following evidence of these nasty critters.
The moths lay their eggs on the underside of the leaf and once they hatch the tiny little green catterpillars chomp away, moving from the outside of the leaves until they finally make their way to the heart of the plants and they end up very sad plants indeed.
I have been doing my best to be 'organic' in the care of my plants and to avoid chemicals where I can in the patches so we have been caterpillar hunting, caterpillar squishing (Hugh's favourite) and egg destroying to try and protect what bounty I have left of our Brassica plants.
The MOTHS are winning the wars.
From memory this is the only Brassica crop that I can think of in the last three years that has suffered at the hands of the Cabbage Moth. I truly believe its been the warmer than usual Autumn we have just had as well as some good autumn rains that have encouraged so much growth in the plants. The moths are having a field day out there.
So Im turning to Dipel.*
Dipel is a natural occurring bacteria which caterpillars do not like. Once they eat the treated foliage it turns them off eating so in approximately three to four days they pack up and die. What I like about this product is that it is safe for all the other good bugs like bees and ladybirds that might visit and it won't affect any of your other plants in the spraying vicinity.
Hopefully this works as I really love eating home grown broccoli and caulies and I would feel a failure if I had to plant a third crop of them yet again. Ill let you know how it goes.
If anyone else out there has a natural remedy for getting rid of Cabbage Moth Butterflies I would love to know about it too. Natural is best after all.
Had any luck with Dipel?
Thanks for visiting today
*This is not a sponsored post. I am purely just telling you what I am trying out in the patch and seeing if it works.