My cauliflower is out of control. No it isn’t producing that coveted flower, it’s leaves have gotten huge! Most likely I put it in too late—it’s a neutral weather crop liking it not too hot or cold—and the weather is heating up fairly quickly now. So what am I doing? I’ve decided to let the butterfly mothers use it while they can. Sure, I would like to have the space, but why let a good leaf go to waste!
I spotted a few telltale signs that indeed a cabbage white butterfly had indeed found my crop of large, scrumptious leaves that are perfect for her young.
Upon closer inspection, I found a teenage caterpillar. Most likely I would not be able to have seen a new hatchling as their color is the perfect camouflage and they are tiny, tiny. This one, however, was easy to spot.
I spotted the mother hard at work depositing her eggs all over the place. The average butterfly can lay up to 100 eggs and a cabbage white adult lives approximately 3 weeks. That’s a big job in a short period of time!
My nature nerdy self got completely engrossed in watching this very busy butterfly depositing her eggs. Just for fun I caught a little bit of video.
The cabbage white butterfly may be considered a crop pest but then so are the giant swallowtail, the black swallowtail, and a whole host of other butterflies. They are also important (and beautiful) pollinators. I prefer to plant a lot of edibles for me and spare a few for the caterpillars. 🙂