Who’s eating whom?

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Aphids are attacking the pods and stems of one of my many red milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) plants. As you know if you’ve read previous posts on this blog, I don’t do anything about aphids. And they attract predators to the garden. Sure enough, if you look very closely at the photo, you’ll see a few very, very tiny white bugs. Here’s a closeup:

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I believe that these are minute pirate bugs, which eat aphid eggs. These photos were taken yesterday. Today there are many fewer aphids to be seen on these particular pods, although there are some elsewhere on the plant.

I’ll keep you posted!

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