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Moth Alert - watch your cabbages

Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,574

Just spotted this on the BBC site

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36516619

Deluge of moths and slugs, never ending rain.. 

If ever there was a case for Brexit :)

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,888

    Beat you to it Pete! image

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,630

    I live in Belgium and eat loads of organic broccoli, cabbage and cauli grown in Belgium mostly as well as growing my own and PSB.

    Never heard of these moths devastating crops or had any in my garden.    

    Big brassica growers and eaters on the continent, not to mention all that sugar beet, so I assume the locals know what to do about them and, if not, you'll need EU scientists working together to find a solution if they do invade and are indeed resistant to most pesticides.

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  • Green MagpieGreen Magpie Posts: 806

    Last week I noticed crowds of moths that I thought were infesting my strawberries, only to realise that they were even more numerous on the adjoining row of rocket (which is a brassica). Another member suggested that they might be this pest,  and now it seems likely that they are. They had just spilled over into the strawberries, and other crops too, in their hundreds.

    They are not so noticeable now, but I won't be surprised if I find the rocket munched to shreds soon. I don't bother with other brassicas - they just have too many pests!

  • RainbowfishRainbowfish Posts: 276

    hmm possibly not the year to try growing rocket. Think I have spottd a few of these around already.

  • yarrow2yarrow2 Posts: 782

    I read the BBC headline this evening 'Biblical' moth influx threatens to devastate crops.  Then I noticed the little video of the diamondback moths and realised it was the 'thing' I'd been trying to photograph all over my Bowles Mauve wall flower a couple of days ago.  There were only about a dozen but they were very lively just after the rain.  A devil try and photograph with my shaky hands and them being so small - but had no idea they were causing so much trouble coming over to the UK in such numbers this last week.  Depressing problem from commercial growers and farmers if they don't identify something to deal with the influx - bearing in the mind the other side of the coin of government prevaricating on pesticides which may be devastating bee colonies.  The world environment seems to be changing - whether it's global warming, increased trade in goods which can commute unwanted wildlife and not as much vigilance in human habits in a busy world where the grasp for profit overrides careful consideration of everything in the round.

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  • Green MagpieGreen Magpie Posts: 806

    Good phot, yarrow2. That looks a lot like the moths I've seen - smaller and narrower than a clothes moth.

  • barry islandbarry island Posts: 1,470

    Anyone had their crops devastated by these moths? I saw a couple of them in June but have protected all of my brassicas apart from swede and kohl rabi with frames covered with scaffold netting and haven't had any devastation from caterpillars at all.

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