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  •  We have several different species of milkweed here (12+ / 0-)

    but common milkweed is the most common and many insects here have a relationship with it. I can think of at least a half dozen species of butterflies that I've seen on it at one time or another as well as many types of beetles, bees, and flies. I haven't seen any monarchs or their larvae yet this year, on the milkweed plants or any other place. They were a few weeks earlier last year but we had such and unusual year last year that many insect were thrown off schedule by the weather I think. I took this pic on May 27th last year.
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    I just took this picture two days ago. I've seen these red milkweed beetles many times and every single one has been on a common milkweed plant. I believe that they may even have evolved to be dependent on it completely. Fortunately it is a very abundant plant in this area and  from my travels I'd say it does pretty well just about everywhere.
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    Light rain here in mid Mo. today which came in with some very nice cool temperatures.

    Just give me some truth. John Lennon

    by burnt out on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 10:30:59 AM PDT

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