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Kimbrownfish

Kimbrownfish

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Cabbage White caterpillar
Pieris brassicae
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Marié
Marié suggested a new ID:

Common: Cabbage White (English), Koolwitjie (Afrikaans)
Scientific: Pieris brassicae
Notes: Not 100% sure.

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Marié commented:

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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