Tuesday, August 7, 2007

So... What Do You Do About Aphids?

The Monarch Caterpillars are back. In full swing! (And in all sizes!) We'd had a couple of them a month or so ago, but now my Butterfly Milkweed has quite a few of them.

But what's one to do with the aphids that are covering each stem on the plant? They don't seem to be bothering the caterpillars, but I don't like the looks of the Numbers of them! Is there something I can do to rid my plant of the aphids without harming the caterpillars?

(I wish I had a camera that would take those wonderfully clear photos... perhaps I need to experiment a bit more with mine to see if I can't do a bit better.)

This isn't a shady problem, but they're shady characters... those aphids!


Dellits said...

My only experience with Aphids is to spray them...but I've also read that you can just spray the plants with a stream of water from your hose. It might knock off the caterpillars, but they won't be harmed and should stay...good luck -- I despise those aphids!

Shady Gardener said...

I've decided to take action tomorrow! See tonight's post. ;-)