Monarch Caterpillar and Friends

Tropical Milkweed  Monarch Caterpillar

Tropical Milkweed with monarch caterpillar and aphid friends.

First monarch caterpillar spied in my garden this fall on this tropical milkweed today.

Many insects may feed on milkweed leaves, seeds, stems or roots. Note the yellow aphids near the flowers and new growth. These have been around for at least a month on these milkweed plants. I have seen ants near the aphids enjoying eating the aphid’s honeydew.Hopefully some hungry ladybugs will eat some of these aphids!