|Southern Milkweed Leaf Beetle - Labidomera clivicollis - REK|
After mating, the females lay eggs on the underside of the milkweed leaves, attaching them with their own brand of glue. The larvae will feed on the leaves, progressing through 4 instars before dropping to the ground to pupate. The adults overwinter among the leaf litter before meeting at the nearest milkweed to mate in the spring.
|Color variations of L. clivicollis - Photo by Mike Quinn CC|
|Milkweed Beetle - Tetraopes tetraopthalmia -REK|
|Large Milkweed Bug - REK|
|Small Milkweed Bug - REK|
|Ready to from chrysalis|
|Milkweed Aphids - REK|
None of these cause significant competition for the Monarch caterpillar above whose main challenge is finding milkweed in the face of our monoculture agriculture which tends to crowd out native species. The plants at the WOLF school made its coming transition possible.
You can do your part by planting milkweed and enjoying this colorful food web just outside your door.