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Tag Archives: milkweed
Independence Day is this weekend. Fireworks have been going off in my my neighborhood for days now as people who apparently equate noise with patriotism are enjoying their right to put that feeling into action. Earlier this week, I was … Continue reading
Monday morning was cold here. If I remember correctly, it was about 4 degrees below zero when I decided to go for a walk with my camera. (Because, hey, what else would you do on a morning like that?) There … Continue reading
A couple weeks ago, I posted a photo of a wasp (along with some other shots from a walk through one of our wetlands) and mentioned that I’d have a story about that wasp in an upcoming post. Here you go… As … Continue reading
The wind finally let up enough to do some close-up photography last weekend, so I went to a small prairie here in town and wandered a bit. Among numerous curiosities was the abundance of a tiny iridescent fly. I had … Continue reading
Ok, I know milkweed seeds have been done to death by photographers. I, personally, have somewhere around a zillion milkweed seed photos. But milkweed seeds in the winter? With hoar frost? And a snowy background? That’s just magic. How can … Continue reading
Not many insects can feed on milkweed. Milkweed plants produce a toxin that disables a protein in animals – a protein that facilitates important functions such as muscle contraction. Only a small number of insect species around the world have evolved ways to get around this … Continue reading
Milkweeds have very distinctive flowers, with unique shapes and features. I guess it shouldn’t be surprising that their pollination story is equally interesting. First, milkweed flowers don’t produce thousands of of individual pollen grains that can each get carried away to other flowers by … Continue reading
I’m sticking with a beetle theme this week, it seems. My last post focused on the currently ubiquitous soldier beetle. This one spotlights the dogbane beetle. Read more and see a face-to-face photo of this insect below…
Everywhere I look, I see soldier beetles. They’re in my yard, they’re in my prairies, and now I think they’re getting into my head (figuratively speaking). The linden tree in our front yard is blooming this week, and every flower is loaded … Continue reading