White butterflies/moths and broccoli's

So, its that time of year again. I'm planting broccoli seedlings and the white butterflies are ecstatic with joy. For the past few weeks the butterflies have been laying eggs all over my swedes, but I've not seen any caterpillars. I've had the broccoli seedlings around the back on my seed raising table and they've had a few eggs, but also no sign of caterpillars - Where are all the caterpillars??? So, I've planted my broccoli out in the garden today and, just an hour later, they're already covered in eggs.

I would normally cover my broccoli's with nets, but I'm going to leave them a couple of days. If for some reason the caterpillars aren't surviving in my garden at the moment, who cares how many eggs are laid. And if they end up covered in caterpillars, then the nets will be coming out of storage.

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Comment by Sarah Walsh on March 31, 2010 at 12:23pm
Ok, we have caterpillars now. On go the nets...
Comment by Sarah Walsh on March 22, 2010 at 5:36pm
yeah, I'm going to go with nets :) set them up once and you're done.
no caterpillars yet, but they've been attacked by slugs and/or snails :/
Comment by Karen Kent on March 22, 2010 at 2:56pm
i spray mine with neem oil every three weeks - it's a laborious job spraying underneath and on top of every leaf but it seems to be working.
Comment by Kali on March 21, 2010 at 9:06pm
Hi Sarah, I just read today in an old weekend gardener mag that you can dilute some molasses with water and add a squirt of dishwashing liquid to spray as a deterrent for these critters. I guess nets might be easier lol

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