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cabbage white butterfly

Hi gardeners world I was wondering if there is any way to prevent cabbage whites from laying their eggs on my broccoli plants: ie planting some other plant near to the broccoli

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,193
    I'm afraid not ... they'll head for the broccoli ... you can either net them with fine insect netting, making sure it's well above the plants eventual height so the butterflies can't sit on the netting and lay their eggs through it, or you can do what I'm doing and inspect both sides of each broccoli leaf every day hunting down eggs/caterpillars and squidging them. 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • AnniDAnniD South West UKPosts: 10,344
    My friend uses netting, however when l was there recently, at least 3 cabbage whites were merrily flying around inside it. Some interesting language learned that day ! 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,193
    They will get in the tiniest  gap  ... when I net it takes me most of the day to make it impregnable ... to me as well as to the butterflies lol
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Singing GardenerSinging Gardener EssexPosts: 1,195
    Some of the netting which is sold as butterfly netting has a mesh that the butterflies can squeeze through. I learnt this the hard way!
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