You need to use white eggs for better blue color. The cabbage moth and the cabbage white butterfly* are the source of the caterpillars that can devour the winter vegetables growing in the garden.

Managing Outbreaks: Check plants regularly, especially for the appearance of holes in the leaves and caterpillar excrement. Replace plant and frass either every day or every other day as needed. The caterpillars will leave large holes in the leaves, usually starting with the outside leaves first.

The larva is light green colored layered with tiny hair. Small White Butterfly: Once the larva hatches, they feed on the mother plant. It doesn’t take long to prepare the cabbage dye solution. Life Cycle of Cabbage White Butterfly. The large white is common throughout Europe, North Africa and Asia This is a cabbage white third instar caterpillar on white top (Cardaria draba.) Another method of raising cabbage white caterpillars includes placing caterpillars in a squat tub container.

Between the months of August and September, the caterpillars finally pupate. In no more than 5-7 days (time depending upon temperature), these pale yellow colored eggs hatch little green caterpillars that feed themselves on the kale, cabbage… The cabbage butterfly feeds on flower nectar and lays up to 200 eggs on the plants of the brassicas family. The moth/butterfly lays it’s egg under the leaf of the plant and the eggs hatch caterpillars. Cabbage white caterpillar in a squat tub. If you use brown eggs, they turn out a darker blue-green color.

Pieris brassicae, the large white, also called cabbage butterfly, cabbage white, cabbage moth (erroneously), or in India the large cabbage white, is a butterfly in the family Pieridae.It is a close relative of the small white, Pieris rapae. It is seen that each clutter contains about 20 to 50 eggs. The longer the eggs sit in the prepared cabbage dye solution, the darker the blue color will be. Use both for variety! Imported cabbageworm (Pieris rapae) -- white butterflies with black tips and one or two black spots -- feed and lay eggs on plants in the mustard family, including broccoli, cauliflower and kale. Check any exposed outer leaves regularly for cabbage white butterfly eggs and remove these by hand.