steelblue ladybirds eat monarch eggs

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    I have had lots and lots of monarch eggs on my plants but very very few caterpillars. I brought inside a branch with 13 eggs and most of those have hatched.

    There are a few steelblue ladybirds prowling my plants, so I think I will try “removing” them and see if more of the eggs hatch.



    I have been transferring any steelblue ladybirds I find to a castle with an aphid-infested swanplant inside. There are about 15 ladybirds in there now, most of them have been there a week, and there are still plenty of aphids on the plant.

    Based on that I’d say Halmus chalybeus is a pest in a butterfly garden, and not a helper at all.



    Amazing photographs. Thanks for sharing Darren & Kevin. Something to be aware of!

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