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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.
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Milkweed (Butterfly Weed)

September 11th, 2013

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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  1. Just wanted you to know that I spent the majority of the night going over your blog and I am very impressed. Can’t wait to see what you find next. I am at work, not some crazy loon that just stays up all night. …

    Posted by Leslie Parry
  2. Ranger Comment :

    Thanks, Leslie.
    I hope you’re getting some work done and not just looking at the blog, don’t want to be the cause of you getting fired!

    Posted by Greg Dodge

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