okay so as I write this is is just past midday, but we are elaving in about five hours for a two-day out of town trip. I may not see any HMBYs by then but I wanted to create this post because I found something on my Milkweed plant, which is the only plant Monarch Caterpillars will feed on during their journey to butterfly, which is extremely harmful and I want to share the remedy.
The color-coded system:
SHOW ME THE DATA
Okay, so here is the beginning of the good stuff. Below in the chart you will see the graphical trend of how many Monarch butterflies are visiting our flower fields.
Today’s Monarch Photo and Fact of the Day
This is, so far, the only time I have combined the Photo of the day and Fact of the Day, but there is a good reason. I kept wondering if my newly planted Milkweed might have some Monarch eggs underneath the leaves. When I went out to look today I had my trusty Smartphone with a fabulous camera and I captured these photos.
As it turns out instead of finding Monarch eggs I have discovered an infestation of harmful Milkweed Aphids. From my greenhouse experiences I know Aphids is a five letter bad word as far as growing plants goes. So I have included the following online article about how to eliminate these pests. Is is from the Los Angeles Times. Secret to killing milkweed aphids, not monarch butterfly eggs
Do You Know a Daily Monarch Fact
Because I enjoy learning new information all the time I will include a daily fact every time I make an update. If you have any facts you want to contribute please do.
Again, if you are a Monarch Watcher and would like to join in this fun endeavor please do and link to the daily posts.