Wednesday, July 04, 2007


We have a small patch of milkweed that I have left standing because it attracts butterflies. Not only are monarch butterflies pretty and frequent visitors but there are usually four or five yellow swallowtails and the same number of Fritillaries present on a sunny morning. (Interestingly enough, the monarch was the only one I could not get a picture of. It kept bouncing around from flower to flower and always just out of range of the camera.)

Fritillaries on milkweed
Fritillaries on milkweed.

Yellow swallowtail on milkweed.
Swallowtail on milkweed.

Red Admiral
Red Admiral
(I had to “chase’ this one down as every time I started to take a picture, it fluttered away. It finally settled on this piece of sumac which had broken off the shrub and was hanging upon a tree branch. When the chase started, it too was feeding on the milkweed.

The milkweed is also a feeding ground for numerous honeybees, bumblebees, flies, etc.

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