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hi just been down the alltoment and found aload for caterpillers on my cabbage and swede how do i get rid of them
Take a little time to squash the caterpillars. This is most important, but even more so is to keep a sharp look out for any, each and every day. Try and keep a sharp lookout for a grey deposit on the leaves, and if you destroy this, there will not be any caterpillars.
Spraying with 1 part milk to 2 parts milk (I use skimmed) deters cabbage white butterflies from landing to lay their eggs - they're put off by the smell. Worked for my purple sprouting broccoli and kale for a week, then had to re-spray. Be interested to hear if anyone else tries this and success rate. (Next year I plan to net my broccoli to avoid this problem...)
i have found caterpillars on the walls of my house .are they going there to die .also at the top of the garden on the patio .we sitting having a drink and noticed caterpillars walking across the slabs. They have eaten all the leaves on my brussels and have moved on to the cabbage.Wll the sprouts on the stems survive or should i just dig it all up and bin it.
why are they moving on to the walls of my house ? Hsve to try different methods next year.
Help, the caterpillars are eating my sunflower leaves !
Love butterflies. Hate caterpillars . Want the former in my garden. Don't want the latter
Verd - first you need to purchase a large butterfly net, then you run around neighbouring gardens with it, then they call the police....
I'd agree with Dove - more likely to be the dreaded slug/snail family on sunflowers.
Come Brassica Time - Pop a sprig of crushed tansy in the centre of each plant and hey ho no more caterpillars.
Sounds like the Bird-cherry Ermine moth or ths Spindle Ermine Moth (Caterpillars)
We would need a pic to ID it 100%.
They can be very spooky looking.
I noticed this on one bush in a local hedgerow recently. It looked very strange. A couple of years ago an entire row of trees in Jesus Green in Cambridge were stripped of leaves by these caterpillars but the leaves all grew back later in the year and they don't seem to have affected them in subsequent years so hopefully yours will just be a one off.
My spindle tree has been attacked this year too - It recovered really well last year with no treatment - Caterpillars have to eat something! and it's better than losing the cabbage family!! Talking of which, scrunch up some tansy leaves in your hands and scatter them over your brassicas. Cabbage white butterflies don't like this. Whilst writing BIG THANK YOU for last year's advice re sawfly. Those gooseberries that I replanted in matting have not been attacked - Treated those left behind in fruit bed with tons of soapy water - worked well.