Sunday, July 21, 2013
Return of the Cabbage Whites
The cabbage white butterflies, or more precisely their larvae, have returned to our horseradish plant. They're really doing a number on it, too.
Dave and I had planned to make a salad with some of the leaves, like we did last summer. But now I'm thinking we might leave them to the bugs. I don't know exactly how many caterpillars we have, but there are at least four.
Some are green, like this one.
And some have black stripes, like this one. They may be variants of the same species -- I'm not sure.
At least we're early in the season and they ought to proceed through their life cycle in time to enjoy some summer flight, unlike our laggard butterfly from last fall.
An added bonus, and another excuse for leaving the plant alone -- a larval ladybug!