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Cabbage butterflies

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aimee blog photos
Joined: 6/21/2008
Location: Indiana
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Posted: Sep/05/2009 9:34 AM PST

My roomate thinks I should encourage the white cabbage butterflies to lay eggs on my cabbage and let the worms eat it, so the world will have more butterflies. If I want cabbage, she says, I can buy it at the store.

Please help me be patient.
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Joined: 9/12/2006
Location: Northern, NJ
Posts: 9459
Posted: Sep/05/2009 1:48 PM PST

Female Cabbage White (Pieris rapae), male has only one spot.
Cabbage butterflies are not much of a pest at all compared with cabbage root maggots.

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carolyncat353 blog photos
Joined: 4/29/2008
Location: Westlake, La
Posts: 10091
Posted: Sep/06/2009 7:37 AM PST

Let her grow her own cabbage to feed the worms! (lol)
aimee blog photos
Joined: 6/21/2008
Location: Indiana
Posts: 850
Posted: Sep/06/2009 9:01 AM PST

No kidding.

Even though I looked it up and there are plenty of wild brassicas RIGHT IN OUR GARDEN (in the form of yellow mustard weeds) that the butterflies can lay eggs on, still I am reminded that monarch butterflies HAVE to lay their eggs on milkweed, and that even a repellent keeping the butterflies from my cabbage will squash the next generation of pretties as surely as if were stomping on them.
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