Fat-Tailed Cabbage Drake

There are many tiny garden dragons that fill niches similar to those of various bugs, but perhaps my favourite is the Fat-Tailed Cabbage Drake. With plants growing over its back it can be hard to spot, but they’re slow and docile things, quite content to be admired.

This one must have wandered across from the rockery, look. They tend to collect foliage and growths common in their home site; mosses and lichens often add to their camouflage. They eat greens and insects alike, so many gardeners have mixed feelings about them. Deter them from crops by planting box hedging – the flightless little drakes simply cannot be bothered to fight their way through it.

If your garden suffers from aphids, however, encourage these drakes in with cabbages and kale.

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