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Milkweed flowers wilting.

Discussion in 'Diseases & Pests' started by SPedigrees, Jul 19, 2018.

  1. Sep 4, 2018
    secuono

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    I've got tons of wild milkweed. Two huge patches that need to be removed, in hay field. Have a tiny patch by the mailbox.
    Saved some seeds from last year to give away. Got busy and forgot to do that.
    Found two other milkweed varieties last year, one was swamp milkweed and other I forgot the name of.
    Never seen a Monarch until last week. It failed to form one wing tip properly and was in a huge zigzag spider web. Got it out and the bit of idk what off the wing and it flew away.
     
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    flowerbug

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    it is too bad that you can't fence some of it off and then deep till around that to remove it. i know it's likely a huge PITA but wild critters also need some habitat/food. for control of the roots to keep them from spreading a root barrier may be worth it... having equipment to do a trench quickly would be very nice (i dig by hand around here).

    just thinking aloud and hoping... :)
     
  3. Sep 6, 2018
    secuono

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    Tons of Monarchs today!! =0
    Took a few videos of them, counted at least 9 of them. There were more earlier in the day. They were flying around like madmen and arguing with others, wouldn't sit still.
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    secuono

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    You can see some of the huge patches here in these old pics.
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    catjac1975

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    Aren't they just going by?
     
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    flowerbug

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    i moved six of the little caterpillars off some plants out front that were almost bare of leaves and took them to the plants out back where they would have a lot more to munch on. i didn't stick around for too long to watch them, but they were at least not curled up thinking i was going to be mean to them when i left.

    i'll have to check them out tomorrow to see if they've been feeding.
     
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    ninnymary

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    I planted a couple of milkweeds for the first time and I was so happy when I had 8 larvae. I check on them every day. The leaves have all been eaten and yesterday there were only 2 larvae. I can't find any chrysilis nearby. I'm wondering since they were exposed without the leaf coverage if birds ate them. :( I sure hope not.

    Mary
     
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    they are rumored to taste horrible enough that once a bird tries to eat one it won't ever do it again. the toxins in the milkweeds are those which the cattepillar concentrate to protect itself. as the species has been mostly ok for quite a long number of years in cohabitation with plenty of birds i think this method has done well for it.

    i've usually not been able to find the cocoons either.

    i just think they're so cute, the stripes and the little black feelers waving around. :)
     
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  9. Sep 14, 2018
    ninnymary

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    I have 2 milkweeds planted in my tiny perenial bed and they are stripped of all their leaves. I don't like the bare space so I guess I'm just going to have to plant something in there tighter.

    I'm also trying to create a monarch habitat tiny garden in another area. Underneath a persimmon tree I have planted a yarrow, wild fushia, and another plant which are filling in nicely. The 2 tuberosa milkweeds in the back are also doing well but they are starting to be eaten by the caterpillars. The good thing is that they are in the back of the bed so not as visible.

    The kids and mostly me, haha have enjoyed looking for those caterpillars.

    Mary
     
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