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laketitlow

I live in Southern Minnesota 4b. I am currently really excited about my wetland gardens, my rain gardens, my mini orchard, and perennial vegetables.

Asclepias incarnata 'Cinderella'

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laketitlow

#wildlifewednesday #monarch #butterfly

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gjones

Beautiful 😊

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emch

#swamptastic #hostplant #midwesternnative

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laketitlow

#wildlifewednesday #wasp this is one BIG wasp

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emch

Love these mud dauber wasps! #exoskeletal

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laketitlow

#swamp-milkweed #swampmilkweed #native

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gjones

Looks great!

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laketitlow

@gjones thank you. The rest of my swamp milkweed is really stunted from the drought. By the lake it is a swamp so they are doing fine.

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cowdenkyle

Pretty Monarch💕

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gjones

Super shot!

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laketitlow

#milkweed #native #midwesternnative #prettyinpink

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gjones

Very pretty!

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laketitlow

Huge Cicada Killer Wasp.

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Susanandsteve

Ouch! That guy looks like he could hurt!😳

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laketitlow

@Susanandsteve lucky only the females have stingers. They are pretty docile, but I give them lots of space. The size alone is scary.

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gjones

Don't think we have those here but I'd stay clear of that one! Your milkweed looks beautiful 💞

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laketitlow

@gjones those are new to Minnesota in the last 10 years or so. New residents. 🤣 They are 1.5 inches long. The first time I saw one 3 years ago I ran inside the house and did not come outside for 2 hrs. I was scared of that wasp. It took me awhile to finally find out what it was. At work there is a community of them behind the building I work at.

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laketitlow

#swampmilkweed #prettyinpink

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laketitlow

#swampmilkweed #milkweed #native #midwesternnative

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gjones

The butterflies sure like your Asclepias. Lovely photo 😊

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laketitlow

@gjones they are fairly easy to attract. No one around me has milkweed. I have swamp milkweed everywhere in my hard because it is so pretty when it flowers. I wish I could attract more swallowtails. I really like the black ones. I planted lots of dill and fennel. I only got one caterpillar that I saw anyway. I get lots of painted ladies too. Not as many this year.

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littlelisa

Beautiful, mine are full of alphids 😭😢

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laketitlow

@littlelisa so are mine. This one is in a rain garden so the water keeps the aphids down some.

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philstalder

Very nice Annette. 😍

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gjones

Great capture! Beautiful butterfly

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debs69

Beautiful 💕🐝💕

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suzieshadow1227gmailcom

Great shot! 👍🏻

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laketitlow

@philstalder @gjones @debs69 @suzieshadow1227gmailcom thank you. I saw a male monarch chase this butterfly away from his patch of milkweed. The swallowtail came right back.

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laketitlow

#seedsaving #seedcollecting. I am very fond of my swamp milkweed. This is a quart jar of seeds stratifing over the winter.

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KariSamuel

What is the other medium in the jar layered with the seeds?

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laketitlow

@KariSamuel sand and water. It is easier to separate the seeds from sand.

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laketitlow

Now I know why I was getting holes in my seed pods.

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valjones-hughes

Chomp, chomp, chomp! The price we pay for having more wonderful butterfly life this year. Shame we can’t have it both ways 🥴

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gjones

At least you're helping to create something beautiful in the end😊

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hbaker4

I have four Monarch Caterpillars on my Milkweed right now, and I’ve already released to brand new Monarchs into the wild, I just love them, and am so happy that I’ve seen so many more caterpillars and butterflies this year!

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laketitlow

@hbaker4 I have seen some monarch roosts this fall. I have not had that in atleast 10+ years. I used to get 50-100 monarchs roosting on my maple trees in the fall.

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gjones

Very pretty

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laketitlow

@gjones. I just enjoy swamp milkweed so much. I have tried growing other milkweed from seed with no luck. (Other than common) I can grow swamp milkweed so easy. I get so many seeds that it is becoming kind of a weedy plant. Good thing they do not spread by rhizomes.

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ambitiouswolf

Mine didn’t bloom this year. And the monarch caterpillars have eaten every leaf off of it.

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laketitlow

It is great to have caterpillars even if they devoured your plant. Good thing they are a vigorous plant. More for next year. I could mail you a seed pod from one of mine. I have lots @ambitiouswolf

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gjones

Beautiful butterfly

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gjones

That's so pretty!

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laketitlow

@gjones thank you. I planted other milkweed seeds which did not germinate so I decided I will only grow swamp milkweed. There is some common milkweed that the other milkweed caterpillars get. They are brown with spiky hairs. I forgot the name.

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columbiariver

Do monarch like this one? I have several of these and ice ballet. We've never had monarchs but I can dream 😘

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laketitlow

@columbiariver yes. They like them. I remember back in the mid 1990's we used to have hundreds of monarchs in our maple trees in the fall at night. I miss those days. I remember if you stood under a crab apple tree in the spring the bees were so loud . I miss them too. Now I have to buy Mason bees to get fruit. Lucky I get bumblebees later.

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laketitlow

Monarch caterpillar

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laketitlow

I have lots of flies on my milkweed this year.

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