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audreymarmot
Annapolis
United States
(Zone 7a)

July 26, 2013
1:20 PM

Post #9612642

(i posted this on pest forum too but i figured there might be more traffic here.)
what are these on the seedpods of my butterfly weed? should i kill em or leave em? will they harm my seedpods?
thanks everyone!

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TomH3787
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 7b)

July 26, 2013
1:22 PM

Post #9612645

Milkweed aphids. Spray with insecticidal soap to kill them. (Do not use synthetic pesticides on milkweed as it's the larval host for Monarch butterflies.)

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trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 26, 2013
1:38 PM

Post #9612652

i've found it useless to spray this particular plant. the aphids will be back. the soap does kill them, as tom said, but you'll be spraying all growing season and the soap will kill butterfly larvae also.
tlm1
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 26, 2013
6:41 PM

Post #9612927

I found Ladybugs being sold at my local Ace Hardware the other day. They love aphids.
Vestia
San Francisco, CA

July 26, 2013
8:28 PM

Post #9612998

the aphids that feed on the milkweeds are toxic and the ladybugs won't eat them.
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 26, 2013
8:44 PM

Post #9613010

Ladybugs ate the ones on my mildweed plant. Ladybugs just moved in and in couple days they were gone.

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JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

July 27, 2013
8:26 AM

Post #9613314

The ladybugs we have here won't eat them either...maybe that's because the aphids are bigger than they are ?
Lizards however, will eat them. (Here, anyway.)
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 27, 2013
12:59 PM

Post #9613506

Here is the photo I was unable to post yesterday. Ive counted about 8 ladybugs on there. It wss in March of this year.

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sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

July 27, 2013
7:51 PM

Post #9613890

Flapdoodle has responded to this ID in the bugs forum. They are milkweed bug larvae.
audreymarmot
Annapolis
United States
(Zone 7a)

August 6, 2013
10:18 AM

Post #9623077

i ended up drowning them all in buckets of soapy water. pretty easy. i saw a praying mantis nearby and chastised him for neglecting his duties. my husband said he was probably stuffed already! :)
thanks everyone for your help.

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