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Old May 19, 2011, 6:22 PM   #1
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White Milkweed, Asclepias variegata

I think this is why the Monarch butterfly was hanging around.

If he doesn't come over to the milkweed thistle be a mystery to me.










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If he doesn't come over to the milkweed thistle be a mystery to me.
Very punny.

Females lay eggs on milkweeds. This is a male, so no mystery, although he could visit it for nectar. Since you said "he," I guess you know that.

Interesting looking milkweed - I haven't seen that one before..
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Old May 20, 2011, 6:41 AM   #3
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No I didn't know - how do you tell male from female?
He was very skittish - I wanted to get a shot when he opened his wings but he flew off when I tried to get a different angle.
He apparently liked the thistle because he came back a few times.
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how do you tell male from female?
He was very skittish
Males have a dark scent gland on the hind wing, which is more easily seen on the upper surface, but there is a thickening of the vein under it that can be seen from below - not the most visible example here, but it can be seen if you know where to look. Google Monarch butterfly and there will be plenty of examples of the upper surface so you can see which vein it is.
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Delicious first picture, Clint. Where's the spoon? I want the largest piece

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Nice shots Clint and thank you Penolta for the great info.

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Excellent shots, Clint! Milkweed flowers are so strange and pretty up close.
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It got me reading about the Monarch butterfly. It takes them 3 generations to fly from Mexico to Canada. Milkweed is the only plant on which the monarch larvae feed. The female has to find one to lay her eggs. The plants just seem to be random around here. It's a nice surprise when I find one.
It does look like a scoop of ice cream.
Thanks Penolta - I've learned a new fact from you. Now I can tell a male monarch from a female.
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