Tag Archives: Milkweeds

Death on a Milkweed

Walking out of our yard today to walk Bonita the Beagle, I glanced quickly over a few young milkweeds growing on our curb next to the street.  Something under one of the leaves caught my eye.  This, to be exact: … Continue reading

Posted in Insects, Photography | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

A Miracle of Monarchs

We have seen very few Monarch butterflies in our backyard for the last two years, but that doesn’t mean they are not there.  Caterpillars are showing up on our milkweeds, so it seems that they must be making whoopee somewhere, … Continue reading

Posted in Insects, Native Plants, Photography, Seasons, Uncategorized, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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….) … Continue reading

Posted in Edible Native Plants, Foraging, Gardening, Insects, Landscaping, Native Plants | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Beans and Butterflies

My Dad stopped and stared at some plants in our yard, then turned to stare at me.  “Did you just forget to pull these things?” he asked.  “Because if you did, I can do it for you now.” “No”, I … Continue reading

Posted in Edible Native Plants, Farming, Musings, Native Plants | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments