The one, and pretty much only, Butterfly Weed plant out in Catch the Wind is about to cast its seeds to the wind. There are no leaves on the plant, just a bunch of scrawny looking stalks and some seed pods.
But don’t pass by that one lonely milkweed plant out in Catch the Wind without stopping to give it the once-over. There are creatures present worth examining. A few weeks back I mentioned here in this Journal that there were Large Milkweed Bugs on the plant.
There are now nymphs present.
I’ve also mentioned Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle being on the plants.
The larvae from a previous coming together of a pair of beetles have recently pupated and become adult beetles.
It pays to keep your eyes open, even if at first glance the scene looks rather stark. Take a closer look, you may find something interesting.
Stay tuned and you will see….
Greg Dodge is a professional naturalist as well as a writer, videographer and producer of natural history DVDs. His images have been used in various TV productions, museum displays, and corporate videos. Above all, he has a fascination and passion for all things natural.
He can be found Tuesday thru Saturday in Explore the Wild, Catch the Wind, or on the Dinosaur Trail. Ask him what’s new in the wild!