No Free Lunch: Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Have you got milkweeds around?  If not, why not?  Have you ever noticed how many insects they attract?  Finally, have you ever noticed some of these insects dangling lifelessly from the milkweed’s flowers?  Ever wonder why?  (I hadn’t, until recently….)

Bumblebee on Common Milkweed Flower

The bumblebee feeding on the Common Milkweed flower is fine.  But check out the smaller bee behind it.

Bee on Common Milkweed

This bee’s in trouble….or was. See story for details.  Your new word for the day is “pollinia”.

The sordid story is here, along with a lot of cool things about this plant (and why you should have some).

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Scanning Nature 3: Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

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Scanning Nature 2: Queen Anne’s Lace

Queen Anne's Lace, Wild Carrot (Dauca carota)

Queen Anne's Lace, Wild Carrot (Dauca carota)

Queen Anne’s Lace Wild Carrot (Dauca carota). The other side.

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