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Old 09-06-2017, 11:22 AM   #1
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Over the years I have seen a lot of insect activity on milkweed. But usually not all at once. A larger stand of almost any native planting provides for so many diverse creatures creating, for a space of time, a window into this world.

The Xerces Society provided this link to a video of the insect action at a stand of milkweed. Check it out.

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We hope you had a lovely Labor Day weekend. If you're diving back into the hectic schedule of work or school this week, take a moment to lower your blood pressure by watching this dreamy video of monarchs and other visitors congregating around a stand of showy milkweed. There's an especially good shot of a honeybee with pollinia dangling from its feet, a phenomenon unique to milkweed visitors - but more on that another day....
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Old 09-06-2017, 05:19 PM   #2
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Thanks for sharing. Beautiful! Did notice the pollinia, which was really cool. Wish I hadn't seen the praying mantis, but know it's just doing its thing.
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Old 09-07-2017, 08:11 PM   #3
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Cool! Thanks for sharing this, Gloria
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Great find.

Thanks for sharing, Gloria.

Yes, Martha, I was not expecting the praying mantis either, but I agree that it has to eat, too.

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Might be the last butterfly the mantis would eat though. Monarch's are poisonous after all.
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Might be the last butterfly the mantis would eat though. Monarch's are poisonous after all.
No clue whether praying mantids can handle milkweed toxins. May also depend on whether the mantid is native to the US. Oleander aphids use milkweed toxins to their advantage but ladybugs and lacewings can handle it.
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I finally had a chance to watch this video. I don't usually have access to high speed internet. Very nice!

It really is a very interesting experience to observe nature, if only people would take the time to look at the little things that surround us. The little things that make life possible for our species.
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I finally had a chance to watch this video. I don't usually have access to high speed internet. Very nice!

It really is a very interesting experience to observe nature, if only people would take the time to look at the little things that surround us. The little things that make life possible for our species.
So true. I've often felt on a safari when walking through a milkweed field. The plant draws such a variety of fascinating creatures, some efficient predators, just as does the savanna. Each is as wild as the other, and to the observant student, each, the field and the savanna, effectively tells the wonder filled story of life.
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