Oh look at him. Isn’t he cute? Don’t you want to hug him and squeeze him and…..wait. What am I saying? This is the ENEMY. While being incredibly adorable, he is also feasting away on my porch garden. Tasting my thyme, lollygagging around on my lettuce, meditating on my mojito making mint. My hardwork is his paradise!
Yes, I read up on the little bugger. I’m pretty sure this is one of his little friends below. The Cabbage Looper, aka Trichoplusia ni. The one in this picture doesn’t have sunglasses and black gloves like mine (must not be from LA).
The bad news:
Good Bugs says: “As caterpillars feed almost continuously, they can cause devastating damage in crops in a very short time.”
The good news:
If only a few worms are found, they can be handpicked and removed. Organic Gardening says to plant pollen and nectar plants to attract predatary insects. Backyard gardener suggests to learn to tolerate a little bit of damage, the good bugs need something to feed on.
So I’ll be planting some pest-predator-friendly plants soon, and doing a lot of hunting, pecking, and throwing over the ledge. Ahhh, the gardening learning curve.