Cabbage fly


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(Zool.) a small two-winged fly (Anthomyia brassicæ), which feeds, in the larval or maggot state, on the roots of the cabbage, often doing much damage to the crop.

See also: Cabbage

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Sometimes cabbage fly can be a pest, but one way to keep them at bay is to provide a collar around the stem made out of some old carpet or heavy fabric.
Growing alliums underneath fruit trees, in between tomatoes, potatoes, aubergines, capsicums, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and carrots repels slugs/snails, aphids, carrot and cabbage fly; but beans, peas and parsley are said not to enjoy the company of alliums although, from personal experience, I don't agree with this when it comes to parsley and alliums as mine thrive together.
Rosemary - good to be planted with carrots, beans and cabbage as it puts off cabbage fly and repels some bean pests.
This is nothing compared to a cabbage fly, which could produce a mass of descendants weighing 800million tonnes - twice the weight of the world's human population - by the end of just a year.