Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Milkweed

The host plant for Monarch larvae and caterpillars, 
Milkweed is the plant of choice for the Monarch Butterfly. 

As I released the Swallowtails I raised, 
I thought the Milkweed would be the perfect spot to photograph them, the Swallowtails agreed.







I found that the bees loved it too.



This is the caterpillar we found on the Milkweed during one of our Swallowtail releases.
It has formed it's chrysalis and in a few more day's,
it will evolve into a Monarch Butterfly.
Stay tuned for those pictures, 
it is the only Monarch caterpillar I found and raised!

30 comments:

  1. Just awesome Debbie! THe colors and the size of the butterflies are thrilling!

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  2. Stunning shots my friend and OUTSTANDING PHOTOGRAPHY!!!

    never saw before so thank you so much for this gorgeous treat

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  3. Hello, your milkweed looks different than what I see here in the wild. It is a beautiful plant, love the gorgeous butterfly images. It is exciting to raise a Monarch! Kudos to you! Have a great day!

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  4. It is interesting how the butterflies are so large when they emerge. They don't have to grow up. Beautiful photos, Debbie!

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  5. Beautiful shots! How did you get that?? Wow.

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  6. What kind of Milkweed, please?

    I thought we had Milkweed here, but have not seen anything like this gorgeous plant.

    Mmmmmm, just gorgeous!

    Ohhh, eagerly awaiting you latest "Babe." :-)

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  7. Oh Debbie, what vivid color and detail! Your images are amazing...absolutely amazing!

    Sweet hugs to you!

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  8. You are such a good "bug" momma!!!!!

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  9. Beautiful captures of your butterflies! Can't wait to see the Monarch!

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  10. Gorgeous photos, Debbie! I've come to expect nothing less from you; your amazing photography!

    I don't think I've seen milkweed before; it's so pretty. :)

    xoxo

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  11. ohhhhh you had me moaning and groaning in love...of nature

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  12. Each picture is so beautiful.The colourful flowers offset the butterflies so well.

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  13. Gorgeous blossoms and bees and butterflies. I bought a milkweed plant. It is tiny but hopefully I will have something as pretty to share next year. Great photos Debbie!

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  14. Beautiful photos! These flowers are absolutely stunning, thanks for the share! Love checking out your blog!
    Gregg

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    1. thanks gregg, i'm so glad you enjoyed these!!!

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  15. Wow, talk about vibrant colors! The butterflies are beautiful! Glad you've got a monarch coming, too.

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  16. Those are a really bright milkweed! Ours is a much softer pink colour.

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  17. Okay, so I had no clue that Milkweed looked that pretty. Had no clue it bloomed like that. So pretty! I personally thought it was just an ugly old weed. Thank you for sharing that with me.

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  18. how lovely these photos are!
    i always enjoy your pictures! :)

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  19. Ooh, I missed your swallowtail release! Your butterflies are gorgeous and look exceptionally happy and healthy. Looking forward to see how the Monarch caterpillar gets on :)

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  20. Your milkweed looks very different than ours, perhaps due to using the same name in a different environment? Very nice, however.

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  21. Wow! Beautiful captures. Just yesterday I was out in the back with my pups and holy butterfly land, it was really something the amount flying about. I even thought to myself What would Debbie do and even What would Ellen do, I know grab their camera. Well I had my cell phone and also two pups that were causing them to flutter about. I shot a few we'll see how they came out!

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  22. Debbie, this is just wonderful, and your photographs are truly beautiful.
    Have a great weekend, my friend.
    xo.

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  23. Wow that plant is so gorgeous and the butterfly matches it wonderfully! I love the pics with the bee on it too, beautiful!!

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  24. Amazing photographs Debbie, the colours of the flowers is just gorgeous no wonder all the bees and butterflies love them.

    All the best Jan

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  25. oh wow, gorgeous shots... especially the 4th one down, my favourite. Such vibrant colours - butterflies, bees and plant alike :D)

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