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Happenings in the insect world
by DeeDee Gollwitzer
on March 26, 2016 at 7:47 AM
It is my understanding that this same method will harm the Monarch eggs and caterpillars. Please correct me if I am wrong.  
I treat them by carefully looking for eggs and caterpillars. If I see none in an area, I blast the area with water. Since the aphids are sucking on the plant, this will decapitate them according to what I learned in my Tree Care Class in college.  
The other method I use is to purchase Lady Bugs. I let then out at dusk so they will not fly away. I wet the area first. They will be thirsty and hungry, so the water will take care of their thirst and since they love to eat aphids, they will no longer be hungry.  
I have found young Lady Bugs on my milkweed plants at times which means they are reproducing and call this area home.
Reply by Kathy Keatley Garvey
on March 26, 2016 at 12:32 PM
Thanks for your comment. We kill the aphids with a soap/water solution BEFORE the monarchs butterflies return. Then we cease; we don't want to kill the monarch eggs. And unfortunately, lady beetles, aka ladybugs, eat monarch eggs, too, along with the aphids!
by Bruce Hagen
on March 26, 2016 at 11:07 AM
Another amusing observation and great images as usual. I look forward to you posts. Great job.
Reply by Kathy Keatley Garvey
on March 26, 2016 at 12:32 PM
Thank you!
by Peggy Beltramo
on March 27, 2016 at 6:31 AM
I want to be KKG when I grow up (71 right now). Great writer, wonderful photographer, fascinating topics, cute critters!
Reply by Kathy Keatley Garvey
on March 31, 2016 at 2:46 PM
Thank you!
by Yvonne
on March 28, 2016 at 8:26 AM
I wonder could that be a parasitic wasp on the bottom right in the second photo? It has a black head so I don't think it is an aphid. this weekend while cutting back my fava beans I found lots of solider beetles. Yeah for the good guys.
by Pest Control Experts Singapore
on April 4, 2016 at 10:32 AM
Nice information, really increase our knowledge in how to manage aphids. Appreciate it and thanks for sharing the knowledge
by Kate Russell
on July 31, 2017 at 6:57 AM
Excellent post and photos!  
Only one thing - when it comes to aphids, they don't need a partner to tango. They can reproduce all on their own. Grr....
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