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Showy Milkweed

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Showy Milkweed (Indian Milkweed, Kotolo Milkweed)
Paregien Ranch
May 30, 2009

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Showy Milkweed
Paregien Ranch
May 30, 2009

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Showy Milkweed
Paregien Ranch
May 30, 2009

Everybody, at least beetles, bugs, bees and moths, like Milkweed for its source of nectar. Also an important larval food source for Monarch butterflies.


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Greasy Creek
June 11, 2009

How many insects can you see? At least eight on this milkweed flowerhead, including a honeybee, bumblebee and a male tarantula hawk. Approximately 2 inches long, the male tarantula hawk feeds off the flowers of milkweeds while the female hunts spiders, including tarantulas. Its sting can be one of the most painful in the insect world. The female lays a single egg in the paralyzed spider where its larva will feed upon the still-living spider, sucking juices and avoiding its vital organs for as long as possible.

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