There are several different types of bugs that feed on plants in the cabbage family, the ones that I have every year are called the cabbage worms (technically they are called cabbage loopers).
Do you have holes in the leaves of your cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower or any other plant in the cabbage family?
If so, I’m willing to bet you have cabbage worms. Yuck!
The cabbage worm is the larvae of a moth that is found throughout North America.
You can easily see them if you inspect the undersides of the leaves, they are small green caterpillars.
Look close because they tend to blend in to the leaves.
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They can also attack other vegetable leaves, but are most commonly seen to eat the leaves of plants in the cabbage family.
If the damage on your plants is minor like mine, you don’t have to worry about it. This small amount of damage won’t hurt the plant, or your harvest.
If the damage is severe, you will want to take action. Severely damaged plants growth can be stunted and they may not produce a head.
The best, most natural way to treat your plants is to hand pick off the cabbage worms and destroy them.
This sounds like a lot of work, and it can be at first. But if you’re diligent, your problem will go away pretty quickly.
The life-cycle of the cabbage worm in this feeding stage is only 3 to 4 weeks.
After that they will form cocoons on the undersides of the leaves, so you will want to make sure to destroy those too.
There can be multiple generations of cabbage worm in one season. So, keep checking your plants all summer long
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