image gallery: pictures of milkweed, Monarch caterpillars, and Monarch butterflies

life among the milkweed... a bustling community of bees, bugs, insects, and, of course, caterpillars and butterflies

see also:
raising Monarch caterpillars in Santa Barbara
Monarch caterpillars eat butternut squash
tachinid flies are killing my monarch caterpillars!
Monarch caterpillar failed to complete pupating into chrysalis... why?

(hint - right click on any image below to open and see at full size)


yellow flower tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica)


red flower "blood flower" tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica)


milkweed seed pod


milkweed seed with parachute


orange Oleander milkweed aphids


honey bee on milkweed flower


monarch butterfly egg on milkweed


monarch caterpillars!


red-and-black "seed bug" [Melacoryphus lateralis] on milkweed plant, also sometimes called a milkweed bug


orange red-and-black "seed bug" [Melacoryphus lateralis] on milkweed plant, also sometimes called a milkweed bug


ladybug on milkweed, looking for milkweed aphids to snack on?


fly on milkweed... is this an ordinary housefly or the dreaded Tachinid fly?
update: it is not a Tachinid fly.


Monarch caterpillar eating milkweed


Monarch caterpillar on milkweed


Monarch butterfly on milkweed


Monarch butterfly on milkweed flower

 

Comments / Questions / Feedback:

Comment by mark on Saturday, May 21, 2016
What is the best way to germinate swamp milkweed? In the ground or in a container?

Reply by Steve (Cranial Borborygmus)
Hi Mark. Thanks for your question. I'm not sure. I grow tropical milkweed here in California. I've planted the seed both in pots (and then transplant) as well as directly in the ground. Both work. I'm not sure what the best way to germinate or plant swamp milkweed is though. Good luck!

 

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