Aphids that have been parasitized are referred to as aphid mummies. As for handling caterpillars, you can gently pick them up between your thumb and forefinger. I have never lost and caterpillar or eggs this way. They seem to be eating all the monarch caterpillars. I then checked every leaf which looked like it was chewed and rescued about 5 tiny cats. And please don’t introduce more lady beetles–they are not a native species and are taking the place of native ones. Hi Tony. It actually does say that alcohol is lethal to monarchs in the LA times article, but I added a block quote under #3 for clarification. Hi Margaret, lizards are a common issue in warm regions. I bought a pair of tweezers specifically for removing these milkweed aphids from my Narrow Leaf Milkweed plants. I have been a fan of monarch butterflies for 40 + years. Reduced levels of watering, pruning, and fertilization will reduce the production of tender shoots, the favorite food of oleander aphid. good luck! (I have no connection to them whatsoever.) I have always had A. Tuberosa milkweed in my butterfly garden – around 8 years now. good luck! John, the name Milkweed needs to be changed to MilkNEED!!! Should I get a magnifying glass to find them? Many people want to buy milkweed plants that have aphids, since that usually means that they have not been sprayed with insecticides and will not kill your caterpillars. This could obviously lead to some horrendous mistakes in an aphid-infested garden. Keep up the good work. I wonder if those I released inbred and if so, could that explain the late caterpillar deaths? You can find Castile soap in a large bottle on the bottom shelf at Wal-Mart or Costco (probably elsewhere, but it is where I saw) I have some and will try this on my multitudes of aphids! Appropriately enough, the oleander aphid feeds on oleander, Nerium oleander, and also on vinca, which is in the same plant family.It also feeds on butterfly weed and scarlet milkweed, Asclepias spp, as well as wax plant, Hoya carnosa, that is also in the same family as milkweeds.Oleander aphids feed on sap sucked from the phloem tissue of plants through slender, threadlike mouthparts. I’m not sure why raising does them a disservice if you are raising just a few (and raising them well). The plants will have a couple weeks of no spray before i plant them outside when the weather warms up here in the northeast. I’ve begun cutting down the plants as much as I can without disturbing the caterpillars. I had to leave for TX the next day for 4 days and when I got back I could not find one cat…I think I have maybe one egg. I do not want to end up with Asian Lady Beetles. UPDATE: Community Member Joe G. says he uses a small spray bottle filled with isopropyl alcohol to spray the aphids on his plants. Any suggestions? One milkweed plant is covered in aphids, but I also have about 20 caterpillars feeding on the plants. I have also seen them on wild plants of A. perennis. Rinse and repeat as necessary! http://monarchjointventure.org/news-events/news/qa-about-research-related-to-tropical-milkweed-and-monarch-parasites also http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2015/01/plan-save-monarch-butterflies-backfires. I hope you are able to rescue lots of monarchs from those flies! When I returned to Florida I had lots of cats on my outdoor plants. Rothschild (1970) found cardiac glycosides in the aposematic aphid Aphis nerii fed on both Nerium oleander and Asclepias curassavica. We have milkweed growing in our school garden, and it’s infested with aphids! Good luck and keep us posted…. Fall is upon us and it’s time to harvest your milkweed seeds. For aphids I use a different brush to paint the aphids and then rinse with water; or just squish them. Have you controlled aphids with other methods? Wasps, ants, spiders, stink bugs, lizards… If you think there is an issue with your soil, check with a local university to see if they do soil testing. I still wind up with other things that consume the milkweed (aphids, bugs, beetles), but frankly, they are all part of the diversity I want to attract by growing native plants. The wasp's larva then eats the aphid's insides. And it seems the cats don’t like the black sooty mold the ants? There are two ways we’ve found to be very effective in controlling them if you have the time, without the use of any chemicals, “organic” or not. One thing I’ve come to understand over the past few years is that there’s not a “one-size-fits-all” solution for creating a monarch butterfly garden. As for dealing with aphids, there are many different ideas on this page if you go through the post…good luck and congrats to you and your daughter for raising a monarch butterfly. After they’re finished would be a good time to cut down all your milkweed so healthy growth can emerge. I am so excited! I’m harvesting the eggs and cats as soon as I see them (we have tachinid fly issues here), but really need to spray the aphids. I noticed several tiny eggs so I will not spray the bush anymore but instead, once a day, I use a cotton swab to rub off the aphids. I read on a few comments that soap keeps them from attaching chrysalis? What is this? This saddens me. Mind you, it’s in the 90’s – 100’s around here. Great info here!! Hi Tony, I have those and thought they were ladybugs. So I have about 15 plants of milkweed and some are in pots that I move around. The countless millions of pounds of these chemicals used on farms every year, has decimated the milkweed population and is bringing the Monarchs on a fast road to extinction. To make the spray, strain the leaves out of the liquid using cheesecloth or a fine strainer. 🙂 Thanks for your help! Tony, I’m in Oklahoma and this is the first year I’ve noticed the ‘tick’ looking buggers and now these beetles. The aphids are all the way down to the dirt on some plants. Jane. Hi Janet, while this solution may not be toxic, any foliar treatment left on milkweed will likely repel the monarchs. Thanks for posting Dan. There’s not a lot you can do when there’s eggs/caterpillars on the plants unless you want to remove them to raise indoors. It worked. Periodically my various varieties of milkweeds here in S FL become absolutely overrun with aphids. I so far have 6 plants which are all Scarlet. Any ideas on how it would have been removed from the plant? Hi Sharon, I wouldn’t put egg shells around milkweed plants because monarch caterpillars crawl away from the plants when searching for a place to form their chrysalis. Here's how to get rid of aphids on large or small trees. In 2011, they showed up in droves on our tropical milkweed. Remember any chemical you use also effects the monarch eggs as well as any future egg laying. You don’t have to touch the aphids! I should have started hosing them off early but didn’t get around to it as I have dozens of plants in my backyard. Milkweed diversification and having several patches spread around your yard/garden is one of the best ways to “naturally” deter them. He is my hero!! This mixture does kill the bugs, but they came back so I did it again. I think by leaving the new plant next to the old plant and waiting for the caterpillars to eventually move to the new plants, I risk the aphids invading the new plant as well. Five were on the severely infested plant. A few of these species would not be recognized by most as a “milkweed” plant. One plant is in tremendous sun, to the point it wilts, the aphids are happy. When I find 1st or 2nd instar I use a fine artist brush to transfer them to the butterfly house. if you have an answer I would love to hear it as I am worried that this might happen again. She came to check out the flowering bushes 🙂 Maybe we’ll have eggs soon! I did lick once by mistake and they taste NASTY! If it’s Japanese beetles, your best bet is flicking them into a bucket of soapy water to reduce the population…good luck! I also have a really healthy number of lady bugs that mate and lay eggs over and over in my garden every year. The oleander aphid (Aphis nerii), sometimes called the milkweed aphid, is a common pest of milkweed plants. I did end up cutting back a few areas of heavier infestation, and now the ladybugs are taking care of the rest…. Would this be due to birds? The longer the aphids stay soaked, the more effective the treatment will be. Do I need gloves? Add 2 Tablespoons of dish soap to 1 gallon of water and spray the aphids directly, rinse, and repeat. Cultural controls offer the best means of managing oleander aphid infestation on oleander. Let it steep overnight. I raise monarchs and have been pretty successful here in Houston but this year the aphids on the milkweed are insatiable. No doubt the caterpillar and the developing butterfly are learning about their environment while in there. Where do aphids come from? Read on to learn what you can do about oleander plant pests. I grow other things for other kinds of wildlife, so I don’t want to become a milkweed seed factory. I live in southern California, in case that makes a difference. I’ve done this after first going through and squishing as many aphids as I could. Here’s more info on monarch predators: Monarch predators and solutions to save more monarchs. Must have missed a couple cause I saw another group starting but they’re manageable. When the egg hatches it eats its way out. My OCD kicked in and I read and read and read. It’s called Organocide, and its active ingredient is .08% sesame oil with other ingredients being lecithin, edible fish oil, potassium sorbate and water. Also u list the cost of the book but not the cost of the bundle. I have never seen a Monarch butterfly in my neighborhood before so this is truly special. Honeydew ends up as sticky coating on milkweed leaves. In desperation, I cut the plant right down in hopes it would regrow this year. In addition, I found this creepy looking mushroom right next to my milkweed plant base and found out it was a stinkhorn fungus. Will buy more milkweed plants and go from here. Your website has been one of the best informational website on these butterflies. Seasons previous, infestations were not overwhelming as last year’s. oh wow…sounds like you were truly fed up! Here’s another method of removing the aphids: I used small pieces of clear packing tape with great success. There are many different species of aphids, and the different strategies to manage them can vary with each species. Insecticide use to control aphid infestations is effective, but care must be taken in choosing one that will not also harm beneficial insects needed to pollinate flowers. Well Sarah, ants MILK them for their sweet secretions, so they just might be ‘finger lickin’ good’! Got my spray bottle with water and washed them all away. Hi Sandy, over the years we’ve strived to let a healthy ecosystem develop in our garden, which means leaving some milkweed pests and monarch predators. I have been looking for chrysallis though with high hopes. October 2018 Mix 2 to 5 tablespoons of horticultural oil with 1 gallon of water. Especially the common milkweed, asclepias syriaca. Sounds, smells, orientation, patterns, and will use this knowledge upon emerging. But I also noticed that the caterpillars are starting to leave the plants/pots. 12 Good Ideas for Keeping Milkweed Aphid-free…and 1 Bad One! In a 1 gal spray jug of water Use 5 Tbls of Liquid castle soap & 1 tbls of baking soda, I just bought swamp milkweed plants. Check out these posts for more info: Monarch Diseases Monarch Predators Milkweed Diseases, I had cats in my rearing containers indoors. Repeat on the ones you missed. I am amazed to have at least 15 cats now on the plant. There’s a reason butterfly gardeners use organic pest control…it won’t kill the butterflies! Me'Shell Miller going to be Amandah Aster says. However, when you’re starting out and have a limited milkweed supply sometimes you must take action unless you’re willing to wait until next season…which many aren’t! Aphids all have similar life cy… I heavily doused them with dish soap this afternoon and they seemed to have died immediately. Unfortunately, I have only seen theMonarchs around the plants a couple of times, and I have found no eggs or cats this year. Green peach aphids (Myzus persicae) are the most common aphid species found feeding on many plant species in the garden and the landscape. This is my 1sr year growing milkweed & I’m so excited to say I’ve had several monarch caterpillars on 3 of the 5 plants. Hello, about pinching off the buds of the flowers, will that impact the butterfly or caterpillar in any way? I went outside on Sunday and saw a big fat caterpillar! If you pick 1-2 plants to protect next season that’s more manageable than the whole garden. For a large infestation, that’s probably what I would try, but ladybugs and lacewings have really been good to us over the past few seasons…, Hi Tony, I collected eggs and larvae from my yard and raised them in enclosures on my porch. March 2019 But today I noticed a white residue on the leaves and pods that had been covered with the aphids. 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