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The Red Coats Are Coming

A soldier beetle (family Cantharida) looks out over a milkweed in search of more aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Red Coats are coming. The Red Coats are coming. No, not an army of soldiers. Soldier beetles. These insects (family Cantharida) resemble the...

A soldier beetle (family Cantharida) looks out over a milkweed in search of more aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A soldier beetle (family Cantharida) looks out over a milkweed in search of more aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A soldier beetle (family Cantharida) looks out over a milkweed in search of more aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 4:06 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Pest Management, Yard & Garden

Jessica Kansman: 'To Be an Aphid in a Cruel World'

A winged aphid, photo courtesy of Jessica Kansman, Pennsylvania State University.

Lady beetles, aka ladybugs, gobble up aphids like kids gobble up popcorn and we all cheer loudly.  Take that, you aphids! That'll...

A winged aphid, photo courtesy of Jessica Kansman, Pennsylvania State University.
A winged aphid, photo courtesy of Jessica Kansman, Pennsylvania State University.

A winged aphid, photo courtesy of Jessica Kansman, Pennsylvania State University.

An aphid rides the back of a lady beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An aphid rides the back of a lady beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An aphid rides the back of a lady beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, February 19, 2021 at 3:54 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Pest Management, Yard & Garden

The Oleander Aphid and the Monarch Egg

A monarch butterfly just deposited this egg on a milkweed leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

You never know about those photo-bombers. You can't trust 'em. So here I was, trying to photograph a tiny egg that a monarch butterfly had just...

A monarch butterfly just deposited this egg on a milkweed leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch butterfly just deposited this egg on a milkweed leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch butterfly just deposited this egg on a milkweed leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Photo-bomber! An oleander aphid appears out of nowhere, heading toward the monarch egg. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Photo-bomber! An oleander aphid appears out of nowhere, heading toward the monarch egg. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Photo-bomber! An oleander aphid appears out of nowhere, heading toward the monarch egg. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Curious oleander aphid checks out the monarch egg. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Curious oleander aphid checks out the monarch egg. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Curious oleander aphid checks out the monarch egg. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Pest Management, Yard & Garden

Of Monarch Eggs, Ladybug Eggs and Oleander Aphids

Monarch eggs are usually one to a leaf, but sometimes Mama Monarch deposits multiple eggs on a single leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So you're growing milkweed for the first time--or found some milkweed--and you're trying to figure out how to identify a monarch egg. Monarchs lay...

Monarch eggs are usually one to a leaf, but sometimes Mama Monarch deposits multiple eggs on a single leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Monarch eggs are usually one to a leaf, but sometimes Mama Monarch deposits multiple eggs on a single leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarch eggs are usually one to a leaf, but sometimes Mama Monarch deposits multiple eggs on a single leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Find the oleander aphids! Monarch eggs and oleander aphids both occupying a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Find the oleander aphids! Monarch eggs and oleander aphids both occupying a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Find the oleander aphids! Monarch eggs and oleander aphids both occupying a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An egg and a newly emerged caterpillar sharing a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An egg and a newly emerged caterpillar sharing a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An egg and a newly emerged caterpillar sharing a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a monarch egg. This image was taken with a Canon MPE-65mm lens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of a monarch egg. This image was taken with a Canon MPE-65mm lens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a monarch egg. This image was taken with a Canon MPE-65mm lens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 4:45 PM
Tags: aphids (47), lady beetles (43), ladybugs (45), milkweed (41), monarch eggs (1), monarchs (47)
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Soldier Beetle Foraging on Aphids

A soldier beetle on a yellow rose. (Cell phone photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Lady beetles, aka ladybugs, are not the only insects that feed on aphids. So do the soldier beetles, family Cantharidae. They are sometimes...

A soldier beetle on a yellow rose. (Cell phone photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A soldier beetle on a yellow rose. (Cell phone photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A soldier beetle on a yellow rose. (Cell phone photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 5:38 PM
Tags: aphids (47), rose (10), soldier beetle (3)
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

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