~Milkweed~

white silky strands

inspiring visions of art

milkweed pods with seeds

Milkweed Art
Milkweed
Milkweed Pods
Milkweed Pods
Bursting Milkweed Pod
Bursting Open
White Silky Strands
Milkweed Art
Milkwed Pods (close-up)
Milkweed Pods (close-up)

 

While on a walk yesterday, I saw these Milkweed plants growing along a stream. I thought they were beautiful. It was fun seeing the detail of the pods through the lens of the camera.

Milkweeds are an important nectar source for bees and other nectar-seeking insects, and a larval food source for monarch butterflies and their relatives, as well as a variety of other herbivorous insects (including numerous beetles, moths, and true bugs) specialized to feed on the plants despite their chemical defenses.

Milkweeds use three primary defenses to limit damage caused by caterpillar: hairs on the leaves, cardenolide toxins, and latex fluids. Data from a DNA study indicate more recently evolved milkweed species use less of these preventative strategies, but grow faster than older species, potentially regrowing faster than caterpillars can consume them. (taken from Wikipedia)

16 thoughts on “~Milkweed~”

    1. She sure does! To look at Milkweed from a distance one would never guess what they look like up close! I was amazed! Good Morning to you! Hope you have a great day! Thanks for writing; i enjoy your comments!

  1. I would never have thought milkweeds could be so beautiful. The contrast between the milkweeds and their pods is so striking. Beautiful poem and photos. 🙂

    1. Thanks Cubby! I am glad I enjoy taking macro photos. One never knows what one might see through the lens! Wishing you a joyful day and inspirational writing! I adore your poetry!

  2. So cool! Makes me think of “Angel Hair” that we decorate with especially at Christmastime. Actually, if it’s feeding the “flutterbies” than maybe it is angelic! Sending you a private email soon on what’s happening in W2…big hugs, K

    1. Karla, it sure does look like angle hair! Thanks for taking the time to write and thanks for the email; will write back and let you know our plans. We are looking forward to seeing you guys very soon. Glad you are getting to do some fun stuff in W2! Love and big hugs back at ya!

    1. Hi LuAnn, I am glad they bring a smile your way! We have to be in Wildwood, Florida on December 18th and will remain in Florida until perhaps the end of February. Hobe Sound, Florida beginning December 29th. Orlando Fairgrounds on February 5th for a Ham Radio Convention. Take care and happy travel planning! 😉

    1. Thank you Gay, I appreciate it very much. Yes, get out that macro lens and play. It is a lot of fun for sure! You just never know what you might see when looking through a macro lens! Surprises wait!

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