(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?
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.)
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.
I found Ladybugs being sold at my local Ace Hardware the other day. They love aphids.
the aphids that feed on the milkweeds are toxic and the ladybugs won't eat them.
Ladybugs ate the ones on my mildweed plant. Ladybugs just moved in and in couple days they were gone.
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This message was edited Jul 26, 2013 10:58 PM
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.)
Flapdoodle has responded to this ID in the bugs forum. They are milkweed bug larvae.
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.