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Follow up to June 15 article on Swamp Milkweed

Karl Foord - Extension Educator, Horticulture

In the article Swamp Milkweed - Great for Nectar - Bizarre Flowers that appeared in the June 15 Issue of Yard and Garden News, I lamented the fact that I had no pictures of insects carrying the pollinia of milkweed.

Although the pictures in this article are of insects on common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) and not Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) the flowers are similar enough to be applicable.

Please note the pollinia on both a native bee and a fritillary butterfly.

Karl Foord

Photo 1: Milkweed Pollinia taking a ride on a native bee

Karl Foord

Photo 2: Pollinia taking a ride on a Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

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