Help with bug id on cabbage leaf

Asked July 31, 2018, 10:10 AM EDT

I spotted this bug on a cabbage plant that did not do well this year. I found it on the underside of a cabbage leaf. Can you identify it?

I don't care much about saving the cabbage at this point so is the bug something I can leave in the raised garden bed? Or would you suggest I give it a leaf and move it away from the rest of my plants?

St. Mary's County Maryland cabbage tussock moth caterpillar vegetable

1 Response

This looks like a tussock moth caterpillar. Wear gloves and pick it off. Put in another section of your yard. Here is our profile on cabbage http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/learn/cabbage

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