Saturday, 8 July 2017

Milkweed

The native milkweed in southeastern Alberta is nearing
full bloom.  It is a coarse-textured plant that produces large
clusters of complex star-shaped flowers that are pollinated
by native bees and other insects.

Milkweed is best known as an important food source for
monarch butterflies.

The first six photographs were taken on a hot sunny day
and show native milkweed growing wild on the banks of an
old irrigation canal.  The last four photographs were taken
the following morning just before sunrise and are the same
plant that has been domesticated in an urban setting.

Photographed on July 4, 2017 (Nos. 1-6) and
July 5, 2017 (Nos. 7-10).

Medicine Hat, Alberta, milkweed, monarch, butterfly, flower

Medicine Hat, Alberta, milkweed, monarch, butterfly, flower

Medicine Hat, Alberta, milkweed, monarch, butterfly, flower

Medicine Hat, Alberta, milkweed, monarch, butterfly, flower

Medicine Hat, Alberta, milkweed, monarch, butterfly, flower

Medicine Hat, Alberta, milkweed, monarch, butterfly, flower

Medicine Hat, Alberta, milkweed, monarch, butterfly, flower

Medicine Hat, Alberta, milkweed, monarch, butterfly, flower

Medicine Hat, Alberta, milkweed, monarch, butterfly, flower




2 comments:

  1. Cool! I was just telling someone about milkweed and monarchs.

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    1. We've had more spring rain the last few years and the milkweed has responded well to that.

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