cabbage worm

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cab´bage worm`

n.1.(Zool.) the larva of several species of moths and butterflies, which attacks cabbages. The most common is the toxic green larva of a white butterfly, the cabbage butterfly, (Pieris rapæ). The cabbage cutworms, which eat off the stalks of young plants during the night, are the larvæ of several species of moths, of the genus Agrotis. See Cutworm. larva of a cabbage butterfly.
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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.