Worms on milkweed...help

wanda_illinois(Z 6)July 7, 2009

These worms are on my milkweed plants.

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I wonder if soapy water will kill them?

I don't want to spray an insecticide because of the butterflies and cats.

Has anyone ever had them?

Here is a link that might be useful: worms

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Butterflyer1966(z7 , AL)

Dear Wanda,
I had them caterpillars on my Milkweed in Florida, but I had enough of the MW so I did not worry, I actually brought some inside and raised them like I did with all my other caterpillars..Yes, they are not Monarchs but they are a pretty kind of moth,just the caterpillars are ugly..lol
It depends on you if you wanna raise them, or handpick them or move them to Dogbane which they also love..
I definetely would not spray the Milkweed with any insecticide..
Good Luck
Butterfly-Greetings
Susanne(SUE)

Here is a link that might be useful: Milkweed Tussock Caterpillar

    Bookmark   July 7, 2009 at 12:40PM
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bernergrrl(z5 IL)

Maybe you could find a patch of wild milkweed you could move them to?

Are you thinking of dunking them into a jar of soapy water? That would be better than spraying them with it because the Monarch cats would also be affected.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2009 at 6:24PM
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wanda_illinois(Z 6)

Thanks alot for all the info.
If it is a moth worm and nothing bad, then I will leave it alone.
I don't know where a patch of wild milkweed would be. Mine is in my yard.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2009 at 7:43PM
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todancewithwolves(Z9 CA)

I think they are cute as caterpillars. I wish I had them here. I have milkweed galore going to waste.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2009 at 10:35PM
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catman529(6b)

If I had them on my milkweed, I would probably smash them. Only thing I want on my milkweed is the monarch cats (come on, I've been waiting for them). Since I use my swamp milkweed as an ornamental, I want it to look nice as well as attract monarchs.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2009 at 5:48PM
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tdr4

I, too have milkweed with nothing on it. I would just let them be.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2009 at 9:06PM
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wanda_illinois(Z 6)

Thank you.
I will just let them alone and hope they don't devour the whole milkweed before the monarchs get her.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2009 at 9:56PM
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bernergrrl(z5 IL)

They do eat quite a bit.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2009 at 12:51PM
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