By Vicki Warner
September 12, 2015 11:29pm CST
Today I planted out my broccoli and winter cauliflower seedlings in their raised bed. I hadn't noticed any of the little white cabbage butterflies for some time, but as soon as I had finished planting there were at least 6 of them around! I'm amazed at their sense of smell, just incredible. I quickly put a big piece of white remay cloth over them, and tacked it down firmly. I really hate having those little caterpillars in my cauliflower and broccoli. Do you?
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• Cambridge, England
13 Sep 15
It is remarkable what a keen sense of smell these small beasties have, isn't it! I am always amazed at how some moths can detect the female moth's pheromones from several miles away and unerringly flock to mate with her!
13 Sep 15
@owlwings28892 - I hadn't seen them around for so long, I thought they must have given up on my garden! It was just so surprising to see them almost instantly arriving! And they were determined to get at my lovely little seedlings! Anyway, they'll stay covered now that I've become uncomfortably aware of the little creatures. These little butterflies are really pretty, but I don't enjoy their babies!
16 Sep 15
@crazyhorseladycx I keep them covered up with remay cloth, and it seems to work. But no doubt these are the tastiest things for a lot of pests, starting with the cutwoms from when they're junior plants! Oh, those wretched grasshoppers of yours! Are they still around? What a plague.
• United States
16 Sep 15
@VickiJW i fear those cloths don't survive our winds in these parts. ya might see 'bout gettin' some d.e. 'n sprinklin' 'round - those soft bodied critters don't like such. yepperz, still herdin' grasshoppers 'round here. they're eatin' the grass seeds 's well now, so the pickin's fer the birds 'n such is gettin' mighty thin. on a positive note though, many thousands 've perished from the nolo bait 'n i've high hopes 'f not goin' through this nightmare 'gain next year.