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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: Anyone know what this is on my butterfly weed.

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Sipa
Arlington, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 7, 2012
10:26 AM

Post #9233084

I found this bug on my butterfly weed last year just as I was bringing it in for the winter so I cut it back almost to the ground. It came back beautifully and has been doing well all summer. I have been gone for 2 weeks and left the garden in my husband's hands. When I looked at the butterfly weed it was covered with the same bugs as last year but much earlier in the year. Anyone know what this is? Sorry my camera doesn't take great closeups.
If it's not a bad bug I'll just leave there since it matches the flowers so nicely. lol.
Thank you.

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kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

August 7, 2012
10:28 AM

Post #9233089

A nasty case of Aphids. A strong shot of water will wash them off. Don't miss the ones under the leaves.

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 8, 2012
10:54 AM

Post #9234351

yes, it will wash them off but i've found that milkweed and aphids go hand in hand. you can't grow one without the other and though you wash them off, they'll be covered again in a day or two. they don't seem to hurt this particular plant at all...

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

August 8, 2012
11:00 AM

Post #9234357

That's sort of why I didn't suggest anything to kill them. :-)

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 8, 2012
11:38 AM

Post #9234405

:-) back at ya!

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

August 10, 2012
12:29 PM

Post #9236892

And, the aphids provide food for ladybug beetles and green lacewing larvae...both beneficial bugs in the garden.

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 10, 2012
12:47 PM

Post #9236909

excellent point!


as a side note, my Adenium (Desert Rose) gets aphids several times a year and i have sprayed with castile soap and water in the past but this last time, i just let them be. a few days later i wanted to check on them again and they were totally gone. some little bodies had a good meal!

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

August 10, 2012
2:45 PM

Post #9237039

Another side note...Asclepias in the garden seems to draw the aphids away from other plants...a bonus...grin

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