Photo: Bug-bitten kale

It didn’t take long for the bugs to find the kale transplants I put out 2 days ago. When they had been in the shade the butterflies really didn’t take much notice, but once I moved them into the sun, bingo! I noticed a Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) fluttering about the plants and it looks like she (or another one) got some eggs down on the leaves.

Perhaps it was something else the chewed on these plants, but the coincidence of the sighting seems to make sense. I hope that the plants can fend off the bugs and leave us something to eat, but only time will tell. These transplants were pretty stressed, so it only makes sense that bugs would find them a good host.

Kale with bug bites

Kale with bug bits closeup

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