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Old 09-17-2015, 08:35 PM   #1991
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I found something I'd never heard of on my milkweed the other day, bright orange and black milkweed beetles. They like milkweed for the same reason Monarchs do, it makes them taste bad to predators. I'm reserving my milkweed for monarchs and seeds, so I squished the beetles.
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Old 09-18-2015, 08:23 AM   #1992
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Here is a Florida Milkweed Bug. I've cropped the photo down -- hope it's not too small to see. Such a pest!

Are the Northern Milkweeds' flower yellow & red like these or are they whitish-pink as I seem to remember growing in Ohio?
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Old 09-18-2015, 10:03 AM   #1993
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Our milkweeds here are pinkish flowered. I think you can get cultivated ones in different colors, I just have wild ones. That's a pretty milkweed, TL. The leaves are a different shape than ours.

My milkweed beetles were brilliant orange and black. Strangely, this was the first time I'd ever seen them, but apparently they're very common. I had to google to figure out what they were.
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Old 09-18-2015, 10:06 AM   #1994
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They look like Boxzelder bugs in shape and size. We have them but they are harmless and they are pink and black .
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Old 09-18-2015, 11:06 AM   #1995
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I have only seen the white/pink milkweeds. I looked up milkweed on Wikipedia and the colour of the flowers depends on the species of milkweed. I had no idea there were so many different kinds of milkweed. Heck, I didn't know there was more than one kind.
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Old 09-18-2015, 11:09 AM   #1996
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I have only seen the white/pink milkweeds. I looked up milkweed on Wikipedia and the colour of the flowers depends on the species of milkweed. I had no idea there were so many different kinds of milkweed. Heck, I didn't know there was more than one kind.
And it's the swamp milkweed monarchs like best. Unfortunately, it can be invasive in my area.
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Old 09-18-2015, 11:16 AM   #1997
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I don't recall ever seeing Milkweed out here. Does it grow in the PNW?
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Old 09-18-2015, 11:23 AM   #1998
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I think so. Problem is, milkweed is considered an invasive weed, and has been wiped out in a lot of places, resulting in a huge decline in the monarch population.

The ones here get tall, some over 6 feet.
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Interesting. We still have lots of butterflies but mostly the black and yellow, just beautiful. Not sure what they called. I don't recall if we Monarch's. We have a lot of Dragon Flies. Those are fun to watch. I love how they dart around and catch bugs.
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Old 09-18-2015, 11:31 AM   #2000
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Sounds like you have swallowtails. They are beautiful. Ours here like parsley.

Monarchs are bright orange and black.

We had a lot of dragonflies here this year, love them too.
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