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Old May 29, 2007, 11:53 PM   #11
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wonder how they tast :?

*they aren't too hard to kill, are you keeping them to get some pictures?
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Old May 30, 2007, 12:19 AM   #12
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K100D with 100 Promaster (=Phoenix)macro and built-in flash. Sharpened and cropped.
Phoenix (and maybe Promaster?) also = Cosair too at least the 100-400mm and 100-300mm

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Old May 30, 2007, 12:42 PM   #13
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wonder how they tast :?

*they aren't too hard to kill, are you keeping them to get some pictures?
They probably taste bad, like the Monarch caterpillars and butterflies do (the milky sap of milkweeds is a deterrent to predation, being bad tasting and perhaps even toxic to predators. Nothing seems to eat these aphids - I haven't even seen any ants tending them for their nectar - some of them look full enough to burst!. I have no intention to tast them!!!:roll:

We don't spray the milkweeds because my wife plants them to "raise" monarchs. At least three have emerged and flown away this week.
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couldnt you just carefully spray the stems where those aphids are without spraying the flowers?
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couldnt you just carefully spray the stems where those aphids are without spraying the flowers?
Nope. We keep a pesticide free yard. Maybe something will develop a taste for them. If they get to be a problem, we clould knock them off with the spray from a garden hose, but they are still pretty local. Pesticides could kill the eggs and caterpillars, and we are not about to inspect with a magnifying glass each and every leaf for butterfly eggs and small caterpillars (same reason we haven't hosed); besides the caterpillars crawl around and would eventually encounter the poison (andsome poisons can be absorbed by the plants and spread throughout their tissues). So far these aphids have not spread beyond the milkweeds, sothey may be specific to those plants. We have a family group of small Bush Tits which stage throught he yard every day, gleaning insects from the rest of the vegetation (my wife calls then the Aphid Patrol), but they avoid the milkweeds like the plague - more evidence that birds don't like them or their aphids.
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