Hi everyone,

Can you help me identify these little beggars please, they've systematically destroyed the unnamed plant that I was trying to grow (I can't remember what is was!!) and I kept leaving them thinking that the birds would just pick them off. But for some reason they aren't, the caterpillars are just multiplying and growing.

What are they please and are they poisenous to the birds?

Thanks as always for your help and feedback, Heather



  • And for my next trick I will try attaching the photo

    Here we go:





  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,047

    the pic didn't arrive Heather.

  • Its on now nutcutlet, I forgot to attach (its been a long day lol!)

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,047

    Large white butterfly I think, one of the whites anyway. As far as I know the birds do eat them but maybe there's something they like better. Pick them off a throw them on the lawn away from the cabbages (if you have a lawn)

  • Thanks Nutcutlet. Will get big strong (and more importantly brave!!) other half to pick them off. I'm such a wimp I'll never be a true, all embracing gardener lol I just can't do caterpillars. Thanks again, Heather

  •   Nematodes from organic gardening suppliers ae supposed to be good but you have to have the right conditions for them to thrive. Contact insecticide or covering with netting or fleece to keep the butterflies from laying their eggs in the first pace are other options or spraying with liquid soap or hand picking. A jet ofhose water can also help dislodge them ut it needs persistence whatever you try. 

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,221

    If you see the cabbage white butterflies landing on your plants and laying their small yellow eggs on them you can follow them round, like a real party pooper, squashing as fast as they are laying.

    You do tend to look a bit of a loon, but it works.

  • Thanks for the input Newcastle, I've noticed they can be persistent little critters. I'll soldier on and see how I go, too late sadly for that plant, its a goner image

  • Waterbutts you crack me up! But as for the following them round part, I can do that. Anyone that knows me already thinks I'm slightly crazy anyway so if I did get seen they'd probably just say "oh bless there she goes again" but thankfully I don't have any near neighbours so it'd just be the other half and he's quite used to me now! 

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  • addictaddict Posts: 659
    nutcutlet wrote (see)

    Large white butterfly I think, one of the whites anyway. As far as I know the birds do eat them but maybe there's something they like better. Pick them off a throw them on the lawn away from the cabbages (if you have a lawn)

    They don't nut. They taste nasty to birds apparently which is why the cabbage white thrives while other species are in decline. Get your marigolds on heather and get picking and or squishing lol.

  • thanks addict that explains a lot. oh well, big brave other half it is or me with a full on space suit and a six foot pole hehe 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,047

    think I'll carry on not growing cabbages

  • My brassicas are netted and under poly but they have been reduced to looking like net curtains.  Next season I am going to use  what  I can to eliminate them.  I had lovely cabbages but I had to pull them all up.

  • Thats a shame Lynn. I hope you manage to sort it out for next year.

    Nutcutlet, I hear ya! 

  • We r havin same problem as is our neighbour.  My other half is out there all day everyday it seems..... pickin them off and squashin the eggs.. my neighbour is out there with an electric bat for takin out flies.. he is funny to watch... but we have loads of them here there was 10 on plants other day all at once.

  • We saw a cabbage white going through butterfly netting te other day! You'd have thought it was too fine. I hope they're nat all going to learn that trick, One I could cope with...

  • EllieLEllieL Posts: 5

    You're not the only wimp Heather, I'm embarrassed to admit that one sight of anything that wriggles and creeps and I'm indoors. image

    We all used to laugh at my mum flailing around in the garden with a tennis racquet, joking about her entering the highland open image but she did grow the best cabbages so maybe there's something to be said for looking a nitwit.

  • I've got butterfly netting over my brassicas and have seen the little 'b,s' trying to stick their rear ends on to leaves  !

  • ; ellieL make me laugh.. my nighbour does look like he is trying out for next years wimbledon

    @sue.. yes they do get their rear ends in there dont they..and there does seem to be lots of them this year also..

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