I’ve been working long hours and not getting home until after dark, so today was the first day I’ve really seen the pumpkin patch in over a week. This started as a few caterpillars in the pumpkin patch. This pumpkin patch is 15′ across. Now it’s toast.
This is a cabbage looper, the culprit in all this destruction.
And this is what cabbage loopers do. First poisoned hay and now cabbage loopers annihilate a 10-15′ pumpkin patch in a week. I think on the next dry day I’m going to rake everything in the center of the pumpkin bed and set it all on fire. These damn things pupate in plant debris so if I burn the whole patch hopefully it’ll get the pupae too.