Sunday, June 30, 2019

Milkweed World

A monarch butterfly on a milkweed flower. It doesn't get more summery than that. 
There's always something interesting to see on a milkweed plant. Click to enlarge.

I always check milkweed stems and leaves for monarch caterpillars. Here's a beauty.
The last time I looked under a milkweed leaf I found this milkweed beetle couple. 

This is a milkweed tussock moth caterpillar. When I see one of these, I usually see more.
They can eat a milkweed leaf in short order.
There's always a chance to see some interesting butterfly like this coral hairstreak.
And there are always a few milkweed bugs like these. There's an immature one on the right. They have a band across the middle as adults and are called large milkweed bugs because of...
The small milkweed bug, which has a heart-shaped black spot on its back.
There are always lots of interesting bees on milkweed flowers at human eye level, ready for their close-ups. There are even more milkweed visitors to see. Stop and study one. Plant some if you can.

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