Monday, October 18, 2010

Bug update

Just so ya know, my Butterfly Weed has been swarmed by 'yellow oleander aphids.' Ugly, very ugly!
I particularly hate the little black legs. Oh well at least we know. And it wasn't 'yellow brain fungus with legs' but might just as well be.

3 comments:

  1. Our condolences to you and yours. We thought it was truly disgusting. Too ugly for pictures?

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  2. You may have already found this info -- looks like they may not be especially harmful, esp. if the natural predators appear. Some blogs also suggest just blasting the crap out of them with the hose, a method which you will no doubt find more satisfactory. http://blog.wildaboutants.com/2010/05/04/oleander-aphids-on-milkweed/

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  3. Hurray for natural predators, and I quote "often oleander aphids become infected with a parasitic wasp. Infected aphids swell, turn brown and die. The wasp cuts a hole in the back of the aphid's abdomen to escape" Oo yeah! Sounds like Alien, eh!!?? Can't wait for their demise.

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