The fascinating most enjoyable happenings is not only learning about native species but also learning about those who depend on Native plants. I learned that Monarch Butterflies lay eggs on Low Milkweed. Are they not absolutely beautiful!
The blossoms of the Low Milkweed are beautiful as well. The plant contains a poison that transfers to the larvae and hence to the butterfly so that birds who get a mouthful of the pretty yellow and black caterpillars get a distasteful surprise and quickly learn to avoid them.
Out at the Naturalization garden a few weeks back Monarchs fluttered about but they were too fast for me to capture. I was informed the Low Milkweed was planted three years ago and this is the first year they have had Monarchs there, and the bonus is there are about seventy feasting caterpillars, oh joy. I hope to go photograph the larvae again on friday if its sunny. May you all have a wonderful week and take time to think about what your local native species depend on to survive.