I am an insect “wannabe” geek! I would love to be an entomologist in my other life, as well as a few other careers. An “entomologist” is not something that was taught in school as a possible career choice.When I was growing up, no one ever said, ” HEY, You like bugs why not become an entomologist”. Wish they did!
I was wandering through our Urban Potager a few weeks ago and found these interesting bugs on one of my milkweed plants. My first reaction was ” Wow, they are beautiful!” Yep, I am weird like that but then I started to think, are they hurting my plant? Are they like Japanese beetles?Do I need to drown them in soapy water? What should I do???
Creating habitat on city lots has taught me to be patient and observe. Don’t over react. Be quiet, still and ponder. Try to figure out what is going on before you do anything. Research the intruder and find out what they are doing in your new habitat. I don’t use chemicals in Palm Rae Potager. I am trying to create, a balanced ecosystem that can take care of itself. It is part of the process; I have found.
Since I have been implementing Doug Tallamy’s , author of Bring Nature Home principles in our Urban Potager I am finding more diversity in my garden. I don’t panic anymore when I find some new “visitor” to my garden.
These bugs only attack the milkweed plant and are not bothering anyone else. Look what I found at an educational site.
Milkweed bugs are one of a small group of insects that have the ability to tolerate the toxic compounds in the milkweed plant. They are therefore important in regulating populations of this plant.
Well, My Urban Potager is a small city lot, and I don’t need to raise milkweed, so I am going to let them be in our habitat. My milkweed bugs will be staying and shoot, they did not eat ALL the milkweed seeds. If you put away the chemicals, Mother Nature knows how to take care of herself! You can read more here about these interesting insects on the milkweed plant. (read more)
I believe the greatest artist of all is God. When you get up close to nature is when you see all the patterns and colors perfectly orchestrated. I found it interesting that all the insects associated with the milkweed plant have the same color scheme as the monarch butterfly.
Intriguing, don’t you think?