Milkweed alert

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GeorgianBay1939
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Re: Milkweed alert
In reply to Old Listener, 5 months ago

Old Listener wrote:

GeorgianBay1939 wrote:

Now you've piqued my further interest in milkweeds! My understanding is that the sap (latex?) of milkweeds is a factor in making the Monarchs toxic to predators. Would this be true of oleander aphids?

I don't know whether eating milkweed sap makes the aphids toxic to their predators. I know that the sap discourages most insects from eating the leaves and sap. The oleander aphids and milkweed bugs (pictures in this gallery) have adapted to consume milkweed sap.

some pictures of milkweed and insects that feed on it.

Thanks Bill!

Very nice close-ups of those bugs and their habitat.... including the Lion's Tooth. (Dent de Lion).   I use  Lion's Tooth when considering the topic of 2-4-D etc when talking with lawn manicurers.

I shot some more images using the mechanical shutter today.  Got some more of the "flying crayfish":

Good news is that the marina owner chatted with me today and was very appreciative of my pointing out his Monarch Butterfly Garden.    Lotsa small battles, eh?

Tom

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