My Love/Hate Relationship with the Cabbage White Caterpillar

{Cabbage White caterpillar on Nasturtium}

I saw their little whitish-green wings fluttering around the Nasturtium plants about a month ago.  I didn’t think it would be long until I saw these little fellas.  I have a dilemma though…

I love the Cabbage White caterpillars because:

  • I used to collect them in pots when I was younger and give them names like Eric
  • They rear up the fronts of their bodies to try and look scary
  • They turn into pretty Cabbage White butterflies
  • They are bright green with black spots
I don’t like the Cabbage White caterpillars because:
  • They always eat my Nasturtiums down to stumps
  • They rear up the fronts of their bodies to try and look scary (and it actually scares me)
  • I worry about how many will actually survive to change into butterflies
  • They’ll be back again next year
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