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Milkweed With Aphides
April 25th, 2007 by Mike



Miklweed With Ahpides
Milkweed is a host plant for the Monarch butterfly. I have quite a stand of it in a sunny location on the east side of my house. The Monarch feed on the flowers and the Monarch caterpillar eat the leaves, sometimes stripping an entire plant in a couple of days if there are a lot of caterpillars.This plant is covered with aphis (or more properly with aphides, the plural of aphis). It would be nice to get rid of them, but any method I have researched would also kill the Monarch eggs or caterpillars…so eradicating the aphides is not an option if I want to host the Monarch.Fortunately, although I have many plants that are susceptible to aphides infestation, Crape Myrtle being one of them, none seem to be susceptible to the variety of aphis that infest the milkweed.

2 Responses  
  • bb writes:
    April 25th, 200721:20at

    Can you wipe them off using dishwashing detergent perhaps, and then rinse?

  • Mike writes:
    April 26th, 200721:38at

    Oh yeah. I probably could, but I’m too lazy. :mrgreen:


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