Green and black , hundreds of them in my garden preference for nasturtiums and veggies . Lays yellow eggs . Hundred scrawling over the wall from vacant plot , eating a tall yellow flower weeds, stripping plants right down. Even...read more
Common: Cabbage White (English), Koolwitjie (Afrikaans)Scientific: Pieris brassicaeNotes: Not 100% sure.
Welcome to WhatSpecies Kim and thank you for sharing your observation. A close-up picture will make a positive ID more likely - it is a bit difficult to tell from this distance. But from the description it sounds like it could be the caterpillar of Pieris brassicae, a butterfly also known as Cabbage White.
Large holes in the leaves of brassica crops and nasturtiums are usually the work of cabbage white caterpillars. Pieris brassicae is an alien butterfly in South Africa, and expanding its range at an alarming rate.
If you'd like to see what the butterfly looks like, you can look here: Cabbage White
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