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Thread: Is it just mean or are there a lot of cabbage whites this year?

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    Inastate is offline Sprouter
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    Default Is it just me or are there a lot of cabbage whites this year?

    Every year I'll notice one or two cabbage whites in my garden every day or two, and they'll lay a few eggs. This year I've got like 4-6 in the garden at any one time... and even when I walk about through my suburban town, I'll just see them flying about.

    There are also ridiculous numbers of eggs.

    They were late, but these past few weeks they seem everywhere.

    They done well for others in this hot weather?
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    I've never noticed them in my garden down here before but in the past two weeks always fluttering around but shooing them away doesn't work. A couple of caterpillars found on my greyhounds(cabbages not dogs)but rather than squash them they go over into a farm track to try and survive. I don't mind as it's nice to see butterflies, bees and wasps of any kind doing well for once. The local farmer is a dope and even kills wild flowers along the track, thick as you know what.
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    I've not grown brassicas before this year (except poor neglected Henry), so it's nice to hear that the swarms of cabbage whites I've got this year aren't normal.

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    We have plenty up here, how they are getting inside the netting I do not know, there have been casualties and I don't mean my brassicas....yet.

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    I was just thinking the same myself. Lots in my Edinburgh garden, the odd other type, but mostly cabbage whites. None of my immediate neighbours grow any veg in their gardens either.

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    No more than normal in my part of Hamspshire, I love watching them trying to defeat the netting, anything bigger than 7mm net will not stop them
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    Much more than normal in my garden
    I expect they are coming back to where they hatched - last year’s sprouts and brocolli
    They ate so much as caterpillars, who wouldn’t want to return to lay eggs
    Unfortunately, I have no crops for them to destroy this year
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nannysally99 View Post
    I expect they are coming back to where they hatched
    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.

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