I just became a waystation last fall. I have been enjoying monarchs and other butterflies for quite some time in my flower gardens,but have been seeing fewer caterpillars. I already have been growing several kinds of milkweeds, but this year, found some more from our university's arboretum plant sale.
I have some white blooming Virginia mountain mint that different kinds of wasps flock to in July and August. I moved a clump of it to a smaller flower bed, but it's right near some milkweed I planted. Are there certain kinds of wasps that eat monarch caterpillars? Should I move one of the plants? (I just planted the milkweed, so it has not sent its root into the ground yet.)
I have some other milkweed I'm about to plant where the original mountain mint was. Does anyone know if the wasps will be lead right to any caterpillars on the milkweed looking for the mountain mint? If you know a good source of information online, I'd like to check that out. I spent about 10 minutes trying to find the information I was looking for, then went ahead and decided to ask here.
It's spring. Yay!