I don’t feel right not posting a blog about the butterflyweed  (Asclepias tuberosa) in my garden, even if it is past bloom.


These pictures were taken between June 19 and July 6.

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Butterfly numbers have been much lower this summer.



The butterflyweed would normally be a hub of activity.


A large milkweed bug or two stayed among the flowers.

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The caterpillar numbers remained low too.


Predators were present too.

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The hornet apparently found plenty of small insects to feed on.


The butterflyweed was reduced to this by July 6.


4 responses to this post.

  1. We’ve been encouraged by the fact the we’ve seen more Monarchs this year as opposed to last. But not one Buckeye so far!


  2. I’d like to get some butterfly weed, and swamp milkweed too.


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