Some varmint is skeltonizing my cabbage! The evidence/damage isn’t overwhelming. Just a few outer leaves on a few heads. Most all of the cabbage heads have been visited by caterpillars gnawing on the outer leaves. They were discovered and picked off. This recent damage is different and I can’t determine what is causing this. I suspect beetle larvae; but I need more clues.
The next crime scene is disturbing. You may want to click away.
Alright. You asked for it.
Bastards! My 1st suspicion is pill bugs. They’ve done me wrong before. A few years ago, I grew heirloom tomatoes from seed. The seedlings were transplanted into a beautiful, warm garden. The next day, most of them had been mowed down. What the…??!! I came out that night to catch the fat mob of pill bugs returning to the crime scene.
Right next to the beets are carrots. This next image may make you nauseous. Continue on if you feel strong enough.
Last evening, I waited for the sun to be set for an hour or two. Waiting for darkness insured me the element of surprise to catch any offenders in the act. I armed myself with a flashlight and camera. Pumpkin, the yard cat accompanied me. We were on a mission. I envisioned hoards of pill bugs invading my garden. My assistant and I walked in darkness to the 1st crime scene then blasted the flashlight on the cabbages. Nothing. Nothing at all. We moved in darkness to the beets and carrots. Same results. What the??!!
The mystery continues. I’ll try going out later tonight to catch the culprits. They must be stopped.
To be continued…