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First time growing butterfly weed. Aphids and monarch caterpillars.

Patti Chicago Zone 5b/6a
3 years ago
last modified: 3 years ago

I had started some butterfly weed this last Spring. To my surprise it is flowering. The plants are small and weak I think. The other day I noticed three young caterpillars. The next day I went back to look for them again and the plant was loaded with what I think are aphids. They are gross! I tried to hose them off gently so I would not disturb the caterpillars. That was’t too successful. Should I leave them all alone or can I do something to get rid of those nasty things? Will they spread to my other plants?

One more picture to come. Grrrr. Sorry this is the way Houzz uploads them.

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