Despite the name, I've
found Southern Cabbageworms to be more of a pest in our new, northern
homestead than they were in Virginia.
I think the deal is that the Ohio growing season is a little shorter. So the crucifers, by necessity, poke further into the summer in both spring and fall gardens.
Since Southern cabbageworms are at their peak in hot weather, that means daily caterpillar-squashing sessions to ensure the nibblers don't entirely consume our broccoli and brussels sprouts.
The squashing sessions
became more efficient last week when I realized where the butterflies
in question lay their eggs. Unlike the older caterpillars, who usually
show up on the undersides of young leaves, the eggs are laid under
older leaves that aren't yet senescing but are no longer tender and
Now that I know what to look for in the egg department, I'm probably nipping 90% of the infestations in the bud. Which is a good thing since our crucifer planting just ballooned out to three times its previous size last week!