Tag Archives: Asclepias

Why Does Roadside Butterfly Habitat Matter?

Monarch butterfly numbers have taken a nosedive.  There were reports about this all summer, and a recent report over at the Texas Butterfly Ranch blog. The caterpillar host plants of monarchs are milkweeds of various species.  With the herbicide resistant … Continue reading

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The Other Milkweeds

I find the seed pods of common milkweed visually interesting–my last post was about them.  I thought I would check out some of the other species of milkweed we have, and see what their seed pods look like. Swamp milkweed, … Continue reading

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A Banded Hairstreak

I have been watching the milkweeds for hairstreaks lately, and have seen one banded hairstreak and a number of corals.  I came across this one more or less by accident.  This butterfly is not rare, but it is not common, … Continue reading

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Milkweeds and Butterflies

Milkweeds are great flowers for attracting butterflies.  Iowa has sixteen species of milkweed, and our property has six.  The most common is, as the name implies, common milkweed. I have found that hairstreaks are particularly attracted to milkweeds, and can … Continue reading

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