Thursday, August 16, 2012
Living in the Butterfly Weed
In the past few days I have found in my butterfly weed (a type of milkweed) two baby monarch caterpillars and a whole lot of milkweed aphids. In my google research I have found that the milkweed aphids can multiply rapidly and quickly destroy the whole plant, I have also found that most treatments to remove the aphids may also hurt the caterpillars. It has only been 2 days, but I’m developing a very maternal bond with the little caterpillars.
I ended up, buying some lady bug attractant. Lady bugs eat aphids, apparently they also eat caterpillars eggs and baby caterpillars, but my caterpillars are already notably bigger than yesterday and I think they will be fine. The picture below are from yesterday, can you tell a different in their size? I can.
Taken at 4:19 PM