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Old 08-04-2013, 08:16 PM
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Need Help Please to ID & save a flower


I have this caterpillar that I thought I got rid of but found out today that there back with a vengeance. Now they are the adults, some that are med size, babies. They have yellow & black stripes w/white back ground .... I also don't know the flower that they are attacking. They are not attacking the purple one in the pic though weird.

Can someone tell me the name of the flowers & the caterpillar... The plant with the little flowers is the one they are taking over. Thank you for any help & info you can give me on what they are & how to get rid of them with something in my house if possible or any other way that wont harm dogs

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Old 08-04-2013, 09:02 PM
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hi
i believe those are monarch butterfly caterpillars,..so the plant is prob a type of milkweed i think that is what they like to eat
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:05 PM
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i usually dont like caterpillars taking over my plants either but i would let these ones be..
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:29 PM
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I agree with peanutscactus, let them be. They will only bother the milkweed which they need to complete their life cycle.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:47 PM
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Oh!!!! I am jealous! I am trying to attract butterflies to my garden to lay their eggs, but so far, I haven't had any luck. What plants do I need, maybe I am missing some critical plant.
thanks for your help
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:55 PM
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Plant lots of Milkweed, Dill and Fennel. I know they like those for sure.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:57 PM
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hi mare
it might be easier to look up what types of butterflies are in ur area and then look up the host plants they prefer to lay their eggs on...
i think ever zone has different types of butterflies in them ..hope that gives u a start
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Old 08-04-2013, 11:29 PM
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thanks for the quick reply. I do have those 3 things planted so maybe I just need to be patient! the only butterfly I have seen in my garden is the tiger swallowtail. [at least that is what I think it is] I will add a pic to my photo album and someone can let me know if I am right
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:15 AM
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thanks for the quick reply.....since I have been looking up butterflies in my area as you suggested. There are quite a few! I only seem to have one, the eastern tiger swallowtail.
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Old 08-05-2013, 08:44 AM
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Thank you all ... I looked them up & your right it is a milk weed plant & they are for the butterfly... I am glad I asked I have a lot of butterfly's but I didn't know I had a plant that they use for completing there process & laying there eggs. I am really happy that we will have a lot more

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Old 08-05-2013, 09:16 AM
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One small thing that many people forget is water. Just like a bird bath will attract birds to your yard, a butterfly drinking station will attract butterflies. Just a shallow saucer with some pebbles and a bit of water. This will also help honeybees. The pebbles are so the bees won't drown.
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by azbadgirl1 View Post:
Thank you all ... I looked them up & your right it is a milk weed plant & they are for the butterfly... I am glad I asked I have a lot of butterfly's but I didn't know I had a plant that they use for completing there process & laying there eggs. I am really happy that we will have a lot more

Thanks again everyone

Howdy, I have one that I've noticed is being stripped of it's leaves by the catipillars. I inspected plant last night, but I did not see the catipillar[s].
But most all leaves are now GONE,
I am currently waiting for the magic to happen. [let it begin]
I am on the look out for the cacoon that will soon hatch into a beautiful butterfly. I hear it is an amazing process to witness.
I am not sure how long the process takes, does anyone happen to know??

I have several milkweed plants, and would like to get them planted in the ground, so they get larger. I will be adding more milkweed to my landscape as they mature and make new plants.
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Old 08-05-2013, 03:29 PM
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Crysalis photo (not my own)


Here is a link with a good photo of the chrysalis so you know what to watch out for. The color is good camouflage and they are sometimes hard to spot.

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-imag...-image16463521
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:43 PM
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Thank you so much Carmelita Your right its a great pic & now I can watch for them now.

I don't know if anyone likes them but I may have some Papaya seeds to share soon. Not sure but as soon as I know for sure I will let you know. Just thought would let everyone know in case anyone wants some. Will give me a feel for who would like some if I can get them.

Thanks again everyone for your help with the caterpillar ?'s I had.
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