Aphids and mealybugs and scale, oh my

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Eupatorium purpureum (sweet joe-pye weed): Notice the insects and egg masses on the stem in front, and the healthy stems, on the same plant, in back.

Probably because of the mild winter, I’m seeing unusually large numbers of critters of all sorts in the garden, from aphids to chipmunks to four-lined plant bugs to rabbits to these mealybugs (I think they’re mealybugs, but I’m not absolutely sure). If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you already know what I’m going to do about these pests. And if you haven’t and you don’t, take a look at this post if you can’t figure it out.

Addendum July 25: Those insects were completely gone within a week. The stalk is insect free and quite healthy.

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