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See sawfly

A small sawfly (perhaps in the Tenthredininae family) marched all over the much larger leaves of a milkweed plant, here exploring the area near the pink-purple midrib of the leaf.

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Stripy leaf-stripper

Very near the end of the particular leaf it was enjoying, this Monarch caterpillar somehow managed to hold on to what little stalk was left to reach the last few mouthfuls of milkweed.

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Betterflier

As usual of late, the milkweed plants seem to be the happening place for insects in the park. Discouraging bees and other butterflies by flapping around after them, this Monarch (Danaus plexippus) was able to hold his throne & was … Continue reading

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Mix & Match Moths

Looking like a fuzzy experiment in genetics, these Hummingbird clearwing moths (Hemaris thysbe) are true to their name. With transparent panes on their wings, they hovered like hummingbirds while drinking in milkweed nectar instead of taking the more leisurely approach … Continue reading

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Evaporated milkweed

I think this is the dried pod of some type of milkweed plant (genus Asclepias). On one hand, it resembles an innocent bit of paisley tear-drop design; on the other, it has the more menacing air of a raised curved … Continue reading

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Three-wing flying circus

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, be dazzled by the spectacular sight of a Spicebush swallowtail butterfly (Papilio troilus) sipping on incredible amounts of milkweed. Meanwhile, cringe in trepidation as a sly wasp in sinister brown … Continue reading

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Milkbuds

Each bud in these pinkish milkweed clusters looks like a tiny, expectant head just waiting for its first breath of air and its first glimmer of sun (which they have probably gotten by now, since the picture was taken a … Continue reading

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