Thanks to all who have given me info re: milkweeds. I have all kinds of
things on them now, and most of them aren't good.
There are tons of orange eggs which I think are some kind of mite, maybe
spider mites. All kinds of little orange things walking around. A few
white things that look like a tiny fly, a few ants, a few things that look
like small beetles (I think may be eating the little orange mites, but I'm
not sure), and very few butterfly eggs.
I guess I didn't really know what a monarch egg looked like until I actually
saw a monarch laying them. I thought I did a lot of research on these
butterflies and there host plants, but now I feel so stupid.
I think I should brush all the mites, but I'm not sure if I'll be getting
rid of any good bugs. Can someone please help me!
:) There are tons of orange eggs which I think are some kind of mite, maybe
:) spider mites. All kinds of little orange things walking around. A few
:) white things that look like a tiny fly, a few ants, a few things that look
:) like small beetles (I think may be eating the little orange mites, but I'm
:) not sure), and very few butterfly eggs.
The orange are probably aphids, the ants will be tending the aphids for the
honey dew the aphids secrete. You could introduce lady bugs for the aphids,
but I would think that would put your monarch eggs/hatchlings at too great a
risk. Spraying water to remove the aphids may also dislodge the monarch
caterpillars. If you felt you needed to step in maybe running a Q-tip over
the orange aphids to reduce their numbers. Probably just as well too leave
them alone and just watch the world of nature in your garden.
It is said that the early bird gets the worm,
but it is the second mouse that gets the cheese.
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