Effect on food consumption of the imported cabbage worm
when parasitized by two species of Apanteles.
Or is that the cabbage worm
? Whatever, once these little leaves find a crack in the clay and poke their way into the sunlight, they find a reception committee composed, not only of bugs, but beetles, blight, cutworms, hail, quack grass, dry rot, astigmatism, the whole army, waiting to begin the welcoming ceremonies.
Of the 30 cabbages I picked, I found not a single cabbage worm
. I do believe in row covers, but I now believe in little yellow wasps, too.
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.
BENEFICIAL BEETLES BRITAIN is home to a whopping 1,350 species of predatory beetle that feed on garden pests such as slugs, cabbage worms
and asparagus beetles.
For many years in my country garden, I maintained that protecting broccoli plants from cabbage worms
was essential in Midwest gardens.
Caption: Cabbage worms
feast on more than cabbage; they'll munch on broccoli and cauliflower as well.
These include basil (asparagus beetles and tomato hornworms), borage (tomato hornworms and cabbage worms
), chamomile (flying insects), coriander (Colorado potato beetles), dill (squash bugs and cabbage loopers), fennel (slugs and snails), oregano (broad spectrum), parsley (asparagus beetles), peppermint (cabbage loopers and squash bugs), rosemary (cabbage loopers), spearmint (beetles, ants, and rodents), and summer savory (bean weevils).
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.