20150724-25 Restoule and Local Milkweeds

We visited Ann and Stefan at Board’s Honey Farm on Friday.  As usual, it was very informative and enjoyable.

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Along the way we had to stop to take a few pix…

Pickerel Weed:

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Big swamp between Hwy 524 and Restoule:

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On Saturday we checked the maturity of the milkweed patch,

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and found a huge crop of Milkweed Tussock Caterpillars skeletonizing the leaves of a single milkweed plant:

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About 4 hours later, the top was gone and the colony had descended to the bottommost leaves of the same plant.

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On a nearby Ash tree I saw this chrysalis of some sort of moth/butterfly.  We’ll keep an eye on it.

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Although we’ve checked that site for Monarch chrysalises many times, we’ve yet to see one.  I wonder how far those Monarch caterpillars travel before attaching to something.

One thought on “20150724-25 Restoule and Local Milkweeds

  1. Board’s Honey Farm – definite future visits – enjoyed viewing the intricate detailing of flora and “uninvited” guests + colour shade of the Pickerel Weed. Thank you.

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