Honey Bee on Sedum "Matrona"
Honey Bees on Sedum "Matrona"
Nothing relaxes me more than sitting on the front porch, watching the bees whirring back and forth. Their motion and faint buzzing can have quite the hypnotic effect on me.
Paper Wasp on Cimicifuga "Hillside Black Beauty"
Carpenter Bee taking the shortcut on Salvia
Milkweed Bugs on Swamp Milkweed
I've been dutifully checking all of my Milkweed plants for Monarch caterpillars, but unfortunately all I have are Milkweed Bugs and Milkweed aphids. And boy do I have a lot of them!
I'm wondering, would having these insects on the milkweed plants discourage Monarchs from laying their eggs here?
If that's the case, should I have tried to remove the Milkweed Bugs and aphids when I first noticed them?
Or, is it perfectly natural for them to be there, and I should just leave nature alone?
Any advice is greatly welcomed!
Orange Milkweed aphids on Swamp Milkweed