Summer Wildflowers With Carol Gracie A Way to Garden With Margaret Roach June 8, 2020


So does it carries on that Syria in its name. So, it's a bit confusing, but it's all very legal botanically. So once you get your adjective. You keep your adjective so to speak. Yeah So. You know we just said it, and we all say even uninitiated non gardeners and non botanists say milkweed people think monarch, but as you say in the book, it's actually a guild of insects you refer to as a guild insects who appreciate this plant. In one way or another, so I thought it'd be kind of fun to introduce us to some of who you've met in getting to know. milkweed common milkweed better. Well restful there is this large guild of insects. It must be A dozen or more different insects that feed upon milkweed in one way or another. And they include not just butterflies and Moss. But also beetles and bugs and aphids. And what else weevils will we've Eliza kind of fetal? But they don't compete with each other. You would think with all of those things. Feeding on the same plant there would be a lot of competition, and the reason for that is they either feed at a different time of year, or they feed on a different part of the plan? Some of them feed on roots as larvae. Some of them feed on the leaves as adults. and others lay their eggs in the stems, so there are many many different ways of predicting milkweed. And I think the most fascinating to me is probably the four. I'd milkweed beetle. Because if you. Look at it closely. which I tend to do and I'm taking my photographs. It looks as though it has for is, and that's because it's a member of the LONGHORNS. Beetles Group. And those longhorns referred to the antenna that they have which are. Proportionately long for the size of the insect. Knows antennae are placed on the head so that the I has a little notch in.

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