Thursday, July 5, 2012

Drama Among the Milkweeds


If you saw what I saw this past week while wandering among the milkweeds, you'd think these photos represent more than 1,000 words apiece.  Click on each one for a closer view.  The Monarch Butterflies are darting around in pairs, but, evidently some have been busy longer than I realized because I found this well-developed caterpillar munching on milkweed flowers.  The second photo is of Green Lacewing eggs on the leaf of another kind of milkweed.  When they hatch, they devour aphids which have already gathered on this plant (just one is visible on the stem to the right, although plenty are visible in the first photo).  In the vicinity of Oakland Camp I have been following the drama on five different kinds of milkweeds.  If you like bugs, you can follow the drama in more detail on my blog over the past couple of weeks.  blackoaknaturalist

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