White cabbage butterfly

Cabbage White Butterfly

Hello, I’m Cabbage White Butterfly

ALIASES

Small Cabbage White, White Butterfly, Cabbage Moth

DESCRIBE YOURSELF

I am quite a striking white butterfly, with two lovely grey/black spots on my wings. I’m probably the most common butterfly in your home garden.

KNOWN ASSOCIATES

Only my larvae caterpillars. I am very territorial and detest other cabbage white butterflies.

WHERE DO I HANG OUT

I love most green vegetables especially Bok Choi, Cabbages, broccoli, brussel sprouts, chinese cabbages, cauliflower, celery, beetroot leaves, rocket and watercress. I generally avoid lettuces even though they are green leaved.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’VE BEEN MUGGED

My caterpillar babies munch through the leaves of your favourite vegetable plants. They leave massive holes in the outer leaves and heaps of delightful green poo around the place! They can make the heads of broccoli and cauliflower inedible due to their high numbers (unless you like fresh protein with your veggies!)

MODUS OPERANDI

I love flying around your vegetable garden, laying my eggs all over your plants! My caterpillar babies then munch through the leaves of all your favourite green vegetable plants. They leave massive holes in the outer leaves and heaps of delightful green poo around the place!

HOW DO YOU MAKE ME FEEL UNWELCOME

The easiest way to deter me from laying my eggs is to net your vegetable garden. If you don’t want to do this then try putting solar-powered flying butterflies in your garden as I don’t like competition. Plant Landcress as I love to lay my eggs on this plant but the leaves are poisonous to my babies. Once I’ve laid my eggs and the babies have hatched into caterpillar invite in Assassin Bugs, Green Mantis, Paper Wasps, Ladybirds or Lacewings and I’ll leave ( see Good Bugs in your garden #1). Use Neem oil spray on vegetables as I chew on the leaves and the Neem destroys my mouth. Also home-made or commercial chilli soap sprays make me sick. Dust plants with Bacillius thuringiensis bacteria (available as Dipel or vegetable dust powder) to kill me and all members of my family, as it hurts no one else!