Are these butterfly eggs on a milkweed?
Hi Everyone. This is my first time posting in this forum. I hope you can help. I pulled a milkweed plant out of my garden just now-it is the only one I had. As soon as I did it I remembered that butterflies lay eggs on milkweed, and my heart sank.
I have been growing my garden to attract butterflies, but did not realize I may actually provide egg sites, too.
Will the eggs survive if the plant dies? I do not know my butterflies well, but we had a LOT of them (and bumblebees) this year. Here's hoping I did not just cause some dreadful harm to the lifecycle.
The plant was lying on the ground, so I believe the black spots are dirt. Nothing seems to move when I gently poke it, so I don't think they are aphids either. It's just that there are so MANY.
I am in eastern Massachusetts (if that matters/helps).
Thanks for any help you can provide.