Hi all, first time posting here, have 2 large monarch caterpillars munching on my milkweed, which is infested with the orange aphids (I saw some adult aphids brown with wings intermixed among the masses.) They are ALL OVER the area where the caterpillars are.
Questions I need answers to...
Will they harm the caterpillars or cause the caterpillars to stop eating?
How do I get rid of them without bothering the caterpillars?
The caterpillers are munching away on a leaf, and the stem to get to another leaf is covered by the aphids. I am concerned that either they will accidentally munch an aphid, get some bacterial problem and die, or they will not be able to get to another leaf and stop eating, or they'll fall off the stem because of those NASTY little aphids.
I thought about buying some lady bugs, but they can't get here in CT until Wednesday and it is getting really cold here. I don't know if ladybugs will last.
I apreciate any assistance, as these caterpillars are SO BIG, I know they are almost ready to go the next stage!!