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Restoring The Landscape With Native Plants: Milkweeds and Their Associated Insects

COMMON MILKWEED PESTS

  • Chris Summers

    I have a problem with red milkweed beetles. They eat the milkweed leaves and I'm constantly debugging my plants. They are attacking the leaves, eating furiously leaving minimal leaves for butterfly egg laying!

Monarch caterpillar populations are declining rapidly, and milkweed is critical to monarch survival as their caterpillars feed exclusively upon milkweed leaves. Milkweed also attracts many species of butterflies, bees, and other insects, making it a true gem to pollinators. Habitat tip: plant milkweed in large clumps to maximize its benefit to wildlife. Find out which native milkweed to plant by visiting YardMap: bit.ly/1q0qEHA. Note: butterflies in photo are a fritillary and skippers.

Store milkweed leaves in a “zip-lock” bag, in the refrigerator crisper drawer. You can also freeze milkweed leaves to keep on hand if your s...

No one says we have to choose between Tropical and native milkweeds.   Do both. While you’re struggling to get those natives established, Tr...

How to Tell Milkweed from Dogbane when Foraging

Plant Milkweed Complex Coloring page

Have an abundance of milkweed on your property? Check out the Milkweed Market Project.

Uses of milkweed silk and plant

Milkweeds Native to Florida

Milkweed andMonarch butterfly photographs by Tina Monod, Artful Ingenuity #http://www.artful-ingenuity.ca | #monarch #butterfly #milkweed #ontario

Find milkweed seeds and plants for your Monarch Butterfly Garden

Lacewing eggs are a good thing to find on your milkweed because Lacewings eat aphids.

7 Ways to Stop Oleander Aphids from Taking Over your Milkweed Plants