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Life and Death in the Cabbage Patch

cabbages and broccoli cabbage white butterfly chrysalis newly emerged butterfly close view of cabbage butterfly cabbage white butterfly butterflies mating butterfly egg young cabbage caterpillar cabbage caterpillar mature cabbage caterpillar parasitic wasp larvae make cocoons caterpillar slowly dies cocoons begin to open apanteles glomeratus emerge close view of apanteles glomeratus

The small white cabbage butterfly, Pieris rapae, is a scourge of cabbages, broccoli and similar vegetables. Swabbing leaves with soapy water can help, as can various dusts, but an insect almost too small to be noticed is probably the most effective remedy of all.

This series of pictures shows some of the main events.

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