Surely these guys are MUCH hungrier than I am?! I came back from vacation and the cabbage loopers took over. I guess my mistake was leaving two, JUST two of my delightful red cabbages in the garden. Planting them next to tomatoes did not seem to help discourage the moths from laying eggs in my sweet cabbages.
According to this website, cabbage loopers are very common throughout North America and other continents, anywhere crucifers are grown. Cabbage loopers generally overwinter in the southern states and there can be as many as five generations per year! The moths lay their eggs on leaf surfaces. The time between when an egg is laid and maturity is about 18-25 days. That tells me there can be WAY more than five generations, but we'll just settle with the five for now.
I think next year I will try to cover the developing cabbages with tulle or cheesecloth to keep the moths from laying their eggs. Or maybe I will harvest earlier or just not plant. Nope, gotta plant, the Jimster loves the coleslaw too much not to.
in the garden....handpicking these bugs.