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    Default For bees and butterflies

    Just before Spring, I rounded up various milkweed seed, to try in my bee garden plantings.

    I knew they were also host plants for Monarch butterflies, but was not aware that their was a related species that also used the milkweed for a host, the Queen butterfly. They appear to be the first to colonize my milkweed garden as host plants (food for their larvae).



    There are pesky yellow aphids bothering many of the milkweeds (you can see them in the background of the photo - above), does anyone know how to reduce them greatly, without harming the caterpillars, butterflies, or bees?

    There are already many lacewings pursuing these aphids, as well as many additional clusters of lacewing eggs.
    Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 07-26-2013 at 09:28 AM.
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