There are numerous various kinds of bugs that eat plants in the cabbage household, the ones that I have every year are called the cabbage worms (technically they are called cabbage loopers).
Do you have holes in the leaves of your cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower or any other plant in the cabbage family?
If so, I’m willing to wager you have cabbage worms. Yuck!
The cabbage worm is the larvae of a moth that is found throughout North America.
You can easily see them if you inspect the undersides of the leaves, they are small green caterpillars.
Look close because they tend to blend in to the leaves.
They can also assault other veggie leaves, however are most commonly seen to eat the leaves of plants in the cabbage family.
If the damage on your plants is minor like mine, you do not have to worry about it. This small amount of damage will not hurt the plant, or your harvest.
If the damage is severe, you will wish to take action. Severely harmed plants growth can be stunted and they may not produce a head.
The best, most natural method to treat your plants is to hand select off the cabbage worms and ruin them.
This sounds like a lot of work, and it can be initially. But if you’re persistent, your issue will go away pretty rapidly.
The life-cycle of the cabbage worm in this feeding stage is only 3 to 4 weeks.
After that they will form cocoons on the undersides of the leaves, so you will want to ensure to ruin those too.
There can be numerous generations of cabbage worm in one season. So, keep examining your plants all summer season long