BRAINS TRUST – Winter growing tips

Is there a difference between cabbage moths and cabbage white butterflies?

While the term cabbage moth and cabbage white butterfly are fairly interchangeable, they’re actually two different species. However when we talk about either the moth (Plutella xylostella) or the butterfly (Pieris rapae), we’re talking about the same problem, because both of them love to lay their eggs on the leaves of brassicas. Luckily for gardeners, both of them are dealt with in the same way.

What’s the best way to deal with cabbage moths and cabbage white butterflies?

They’re more prevalent when it’s still warm, which is usually the time when your seedlings are establishing. The easiest and most effective way is to form a barrier with exclusion netting to stop them getting in to lay their eggs.