Milkweed (Butterfly Weed)

September 11, 2013 | Greg Dodge

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.

Two Large Milkweed Bugs mate on the seed pods that the female will most likely lays her eggs upon.

There are now nymphs present.

A small representation of the many milkweed bug nymphs presently on the seed pods.

I’ve also mentioned Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle being on the plants.

These two Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetles are attempting to create more leaf beetles.

The larvae from a previous coming together of a pair of beetles have recently pupated and become adult beetles.

Five of eight Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetles on the Butterfly Weed in Catch the Wind.

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.

What’s this?

Stay tuned and you will see….

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