My Monarch eggs are getting eaten up.
by Rona Young
I have a problem with something eating all my monarch eggs. We have tons of eggs and have successfully raised several generations inside but we have yet to see any caterpillars outside. Can I spray my milkweeds with insecticide (after I remove all eggs first of course) just to kill off all the preditors or will that cause the monarchs to stay away? I don't like spraying but we have alot of pests on out milkweed.
This is very normal. The majority of monarch eggs laid do not complete the cycle to butterfly...either the eggs or caterpillars are eaten by predators. Do not spray your milkweed. It could harm the monarch butterflies and it will not prevent the many predators from eating the monarch eggs or caterpillars. The best way to save the monarch eggs is to bring them inside as you have done and raise them :)