Today I photographed some of the tiny creatures on my pineleaf milkweed plants. I had to use a magnifying glass to see some of them. I planted these plants last May to attract butterflies. I carefully nurtured them through the summer drought and they're just now starting to bud.Below is a Milkweed Bug. I learned that people purchase these to get rid of invasive milkweed. They really are quite beautiful, but I think they should be somewhere where people want to get rid of their milkweed plants - not in my patio. I know these are aphids and that they aren't good for the plant. I also know that a soaking of Safer's insecticidal soap or a heavy hosing will get them off the plant. However, there are other things on the plant that I may want to preserve.
Anyone know what this little orange guy is? Is it "good" or "bad" for my butterfly attracting plant?And then there are these:If anyone (1) can identify the creatures in the above four photos (including the bright orange bug), (2) tell me which of these insects/cocoons(?)/pupae(?) should stay and which should go, and (3) also tell me how to remove or encourage the "bad" ones to leave without endangering the "good" ones, I'd really appreciate your comments. I need all the help I can get with this problem.