Effect on food consumption of the imported cabbage worm
when parasitized by two species of Apanteles.
Of the 30 cabbages I picked, I found not a single cabbage worm
Some popular hosts include the eggs of the: gypsy moth, codling moth, tomato hornworm, cabbage looper, imported cabbage worm
and European corn borer.
For example, when cabbage leaves are being eaten and you have identified the culprit to be the cabbage worm
, hand pick the worms that you can find.
The first insect to cause me to panic was the cabbage worm
or cabbage looper.
The cabbage worm
will go after it, so slop on some Bacillus thuringiensis.
Four distinct types of caterpillars can be found including the very green, velvet-appearing imported cabbage worm
; the distinctive cabbage looper that moves like an inchworm; the small, tapered diamond back moth larva and the yellow and black marked, cross-striped cabbage worm
The edible portion of cauliflower is fully exposed to any chemical used to control cabbage worms
or other invading pests.
Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) is a naturally occurring bacteria which controls many insects including cabbage worms
, potato beetles, and corn earworms.
Initial observations also indicate that hot water dips may be effective in eliminating the larvae of pests, such as the diamondback moth and cabbage worms
, from broccoli heads.
While relatively tough, kale is subject to a number of insect enemies such as flea beetles when young, cabbage worms
, slugs and, of course, four-legged critters, especially woodchucks and deer.
Bacillus thurengiensis (Bt), dusted or sprayed once a week, will sicken cabbage worms
without leaving any toxic residue.