Me and Julio Down by the Kail Yard

Heading up to pick kale for our supper tonight, I thought I might have solved the mystery of where all the caterpillars had gone, or rather one of them at least:

cabbage white butterfly

Under the netting was a cabbage white* butterfly. I don’t know if it was too chilly to move, or had died of loneliness (because there weren’t any others, nor any caterpillars either) but it stuck around long enough to get its portrait taken, and then be deposited well away from my brassicas.

aphids on kale

All is not entirely well with the kale though, with some of the tops of the plants infested with aphids of some sort. I just cut off the affected parts of the plant and chucked them away. It adds to my suspicion that netting brassicas causes as many problems as it solves. Especially if the butterflies keep turning up on the wrong side of the nets.

That said, there is still rather a lot of kale. Let the other half’s joy be unconfined.

lots of kale

* Pedantic entomologists will tell you that there is no such thing as a cabbage white butterfly. They can feel free to identify this one in the comments; until then, it’s a cabbage white.


8 Responses to Me and Julio Down by the Kail Yard

  1. stcleve says:

    No caterpillars on my Kale yet. A ‘cute’ little bunny pruned my Kale with a sustained attack leaving nothing for the caterpillars and certainly nothing for me yet.

  2. subversivite says:

    Has the other half tried roasting kale with lashings of olive oil and salt? They pretty much turn into chips. Yum.

  3. disgruntled says:

    @Stcleve – you are welcome to some of ours if we can arrange a drop off
    @subersivite – chips or crisps, kale is NOT the same

  4. Bob says:

    We decided to pass on the Kale this year. It was always such a chore to prepare and then well, you had to actually *eat* it. Gah.

  5. WOL says:

    Looks like a cabbage white to me too. We have them, or something as near as dammit, here in Tx too. They’re territorial. The males dogfight for dominance in a WWI, wood and canvas biplane sort of way. See:

  6. WOL says:

    P.S. See also “Etheree.”

  7. disgruntled says:

    @Bob – but it’s about the only thing that reliably grows …
    @Wol, we have two types of ‘cabbage’ whites (large and small whites). The caterpillars look very different although the adults look quite similar

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