Post by roofgardener on Sept 14, 2015 11:00:34 GMT
Does anyone have any idea what this little chap might be ? (click to enlarge).
It is very close to one of my capsicum plants that has suffered severe leaf-damage. (eaten away, in the style of a caterpillar). Could this be responsible, or is it just an innocent bystander ? (amazing camoutflage.. it REALLY looks like a leaf from any distance).
They love laying their eggs on Brassica leaves, but one summer, they also decimated the nasturtiums that I'd grown in my hanging baskets. I haven't grown them since, as I do see a lot of Small Whites flitting about.
roofgardener , that looks like a small white butterfly, the reason it doesn't look 'white' on your pic. is it's got it's wings folded up & the undersides are a pale yellowy/green colour, when it flew off you would be able to see that the the other side of it's wings are white with a small black dot. The butterfly wouldn't eat any of your plants but it's caterpillars would certainly eat your brussel sprouts, the small white caterpillars are quite small & fairly bright green so that they're camouflaged against the leaves, I've found several of the little devils hiding right in the centre of the tiny cabbage seedlings I got for £1 because they had been nibbled by more visible large white butterfly caterpillars which are larger, hairy & black/yellowish striped. I'm not sure if their caterpillars would eat your pepper leaves as they usually stick to the brassica family but I suppose they could. edit - for some reason I typed small white 'caterpillar' in the first line instead of butterfly?!?
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