Monday, September 8, 2014

Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

The majestic Monarch Butterfly has a very specific taste for special plants.  While as an adult butterfly it will feed at a number of flowers, its caterpillars need plants from the milkweed family to eat.  In Michigan we have a number of types of milkweed - common milkweed, swamp milkweed, and orange milkweed or "butterfly weed", pictured above.  The photo directly below shows an adult Monarch resting on a common milkweed leaf and the one below that shows a Monarch probing the flowers of a butterfly weed plant.

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