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    Lots of cabbage whites here but no brassicas.

    Also lots of holly blues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inastate View Post
    Hmmm, you might be right.

    I've placed some fruit next to the vegetables, as the fruit was on the grass for the birds and attracting wasps. I've seen them tear the wings off butterflies and carry them away. Brutal but necessary.
    Possibly not related but I haven't seen a single cabbage white since I posted this.

    I've noticed butterflies really freak out around wasps (because like I said, they pull their wings off), and I've attracted a fair number of wasps using fruit. There is a constant presence.

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    So, I went into my garden yesterday and the wasps are actually harvesting the cabbage white caterpillars! I've seen them pick the caterpillars up and take them away. I also went in before and they were methodically checking the nasturtium leaves.
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    I catch the CWBs in a butterfly net (over 200 this summer), quick squish then leave the bodies on the ground, where the wasps bite off the wings and take the bodies away

    Each butterfly can lay 1000s eggs
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    Not just cabbage whites on the go. There's a smaller sod of a thing which has managed to learn how to go in and out of my protective netting. It looks all white so I'm assuming its not the diamond back moth but my cabbages and caulies are crawling with bright green caterpillars

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    Bright green and velvety?

    Small cabbage white
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    I think there are more of the beastly things here in Northern Ireland too this year.
    I’m thinking of buying a second mini polytunnel and putting netting overp it next year for brassicas. I’ll keep the cover as a spare for the first tunnel.

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