Butterfly bush and eggs on plant

Asked June 26, 2018, 5:13 PM EDT

Kristena LaMar- Hi Kristena! Thank you for the photo of the milkweed plant. I do have a question about these plants the butterflies visit regularly. They are called a butterfly bush. It looks very similar to the milkweed pic you showed me. I also noticed some eggs under several leaves. Since my concern is with the lacewings, can you help me identify the egg and also, if this is a milkweed plant. Thank you! Mary Valitski

Clackamas County Oregon milkweed

1 Response

Thanks, Mary. I think what you are describing is a ‘butterfly bush’ which is not a milkweed. The former is a buddleia, an invasive plant described here: http://hort.uconn.edu/detail.php?pid=73 Monarch butterflies do not lay their eggs on any plant except milkweed. You can read about the preferences here: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/butterfly/allabout/Garden.shtml So, I can’t say exactly whose eggs these are, but they are not Monarch eggs.