Sunday, July 31, 2016

Butterfly Garden Notes, July 31, 2016

It had been a few weeks and no monarchs.  Finally, this weekend I saw two of them in my garden.  One of them stopped by the milkweed to lay some eggs.  My milkweed is full of aphids now as well as milkweed bugs.  There’s also a female praying mantis that has take up residency on the patio.  Slim chance for the eggs.  I’ve taken the liberty of snipping off the milkweed seed pods.  Taking away the food source seemed to thin out the milkweed bug population.  Not much I can do about the aphids except for hosing off the plants.  I don’t like doing that though just in case there are caterpillars that I haven’t seen.  Here are some images I took this weekend of some of the critters:

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