Category Archives: Aphids

First Queen Butterfly And A Skunk

Today was the first Queen Butterfly we’ve seen for 2010.  She was laying eggs on the Milkweed.  I never could manage to get a decent picture of her as she was constantly flying about. You may also notice all the Aphids on the Milkweed.  I’ve tried spraying them and wiping them off by hand.  I’m […]

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Dog Days Of Summer Are Upon Us

Probably thought I disappeared, didn’t ya? Nope, haven’t disappeared, just taking a small break. I’ve also been getting home later than normal during the week, and working hard on maintaining the yard on the weekends. Here’s what new or changed as of July 27, 2010. The Purple Martins have all fled the nest. They come […]

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Monarchs, Martins, and Milkweed

Today certainly has been interesting. I’ll start with the Monarchs.  Originally we had 9 Monarch caterpillars from that adult Monarch who probably traveled from Mexico.  Now we have 7.  Two of them died, but I’m not sure why.  I had been keeping the Monarch caterpillars in a protected enclosure to protect them from wasps, and […]

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Aphid Predators: The Good Guys

I posted the picture yesterday showing the hundreds of Aphid covering my Milkweed plants.  Today I’d like to share some pictures of Aphid Predators.  I consider these the “Good Guys” when it comes to insects. Everyone knows about Ladybugs and Aphids right?  You typically can buy 1500-2000 Ladybugs for about $10.00, spread them around your […]

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Ladybug Munching On Aphid

Here’s something I’ve never been able to photograph before.  It’s a Ladybug eating an Aphid. The strange thing about this was that the Aphid was still alive and moving, while the Ladybug was eating it (I’m assuming it was eating it, maybe it was just holding it). After a few moments of watching this, another […]

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Baby Monarch Caterpillars From Mexico

We went out tonight and started to see if we could finally recognize some of the young caterpillars that were laid there by their mother from Mexico. You may remember me mentioning we have only seen 1 Monarch and she didn’t lay very many eggs on the milkweed. We were only about to find about […]

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Pests In The Garden

It’s so damn hot and humid in Houston right now I think even the Butterflies are laying low.  Unfortunately, the pests that inhabit a Butterfly Garden are all over the place, at least all over my place. Aphids.  Normally I don’t stress too much about these little pokemon looking critters, but some of my Milkweed […]

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