What's this on my butterfly weed?

wifey2mikey(7a Tulsa, OK)June 26, 2011

I discovered these this morning. So strange... what is it?

~Laura

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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

Laura, they're lacewing eggs. The Mama probably laid them there, because lacewings are big aphid eaters, and Ascelpias gets LOTS of aphids.
Sherry

Here is a link that might be useful: Lacewings

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 10:51AM
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wifey2mikey(7a Tulsa, OK)

Well good. I have been battling aphids! Glad to have some help.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 3:37PM
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sweet_melissa(7)

I learn the coolest stuff on this forum! Thank you both for posting!

Melissa

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 6:33PM
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bananasinohio(6OH)

Just to warn you, lacewing larva are voracious and will eat caterpillar eggs and 1st instar cats. I have never seen so many lacewing eggs in one place! Usually, I see one or a couple. She must have really liked your plant!
-Elisabeth

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 9:47PM
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Tony G(5a)

Laura, thanks for posting and Sherry thanks for your infinite wisdom! I have the same thing and I've never come across those before.

They are on a Small tropical milkweed and I'd already plucked the monarch egg on the same plant just in case.

We don't have an aphid infestation but there are a few more than normal so I'll let the lacewings do their thing :)

Tony

    Bookmark   June 29, 2011 at 9:14PM
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wifey2mikey(7a Tulsa, OK)

All of my plants are totally cleared of aphids now... literally it happened that quick. There were several batches of lacewing eggs laid on several different leaves of each plant. I'm amazed at how quickly the aphids disappeared.

~Laura

    Bookmark   June 30, 2011 at 1:29AM
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butterflymomok(7a NE OK)

llaura, keep a look out for eggs. I had a female hanging around my yard yesterday. Don't know if a male had found her yet. But, the male was hanging out a couple of days ago. Their timing was just a little off!

Sandy

    Bookmark   June 30, 2011 at 10:28AM
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jilliebean9700(7a)

cool. everyone has such a weath of knowledge on here i love this forum!

    Bookmark   June 30, 2011 at 12:12PM
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wifey2mikey(7a Tulsa, OK)

Awesome! I will keep my eyes peeled. I had a variegated fritillary today - got a cruddy picture but at least I got to see it with my own two eyes! The Swallowtails are out in full force now... I have 20 or so caterpillars and decided that's my limit for now. There are more eggs though, and in fact as I type this, I'm watching a female out my kitchen window laying more eggs on the dill. So beautiful.

~Laura

    Bookmark   June 30, 2011 at 1:09PM
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butterflymomok(7a NE OK)

Yes, the BSTs are out in force. I had visitors to the garden this morning, and we watched a Black Swallowtail and a Variegated Fritillary laying eggs. The kids loved it. I sent them home with some of the eggs, as they have host plants that haven't received any action yet.

Sandy

    Bookmark   June 30, 2011 at 6:06PM
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Tony G(5a)

hopefully some BST's make it up here. Saw my first two mourning cloaks yesterday...3 months later than last year! Also, red admirals swarmed our garden last June. Have yet to see one this year.

And our neighbors tree that was filled with swallowtails last spring is getting past peak in blooms and there has been little action in 2011.

Still holding out for July and August...

    Bookmark   June 30, 2011 at 8:38PM
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