The monarch season is coming, and many gardeners throughout the country are getting ready to welcome the arriving butterflies with milkweeds lovingly cultivated in their gardens. They also brace themselves to battle whatever ills may affect the caterpillars. Milkweed bugs and milkweed beetles are seen with hostility. The “dreaded” tachinid flies, and “hated” stink bugs infuriate gardeners even more. Aphids are not welcome. Lady beetles and lacewings generate mixed feelings because they feed on aphids but they are not loath to snack on some monarch eggs or small caterpillars.
It is important to take a look at entire ecosystems, not just single species as Carole says in “Saving the Monarch Butterfly” (http://nativeplantwildlifegarden.com/saving-the-monarch-butterfly/).
“The Monarch Butterfly is in deep trouble, and many passionate organizations have been created to save…
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