Milkweed Seed Pods

Milkweed seed pod. The seed’s lightweight silk allows wide spread dispersal in the wind.

Milkweed is a common sight in Wisconsin. Around here it is best known as the host plant for the monarch butterfly. Monarch larva consume the leaves ingesting certain chemicals.  These chemicals have been used for centuries by man as a heart medication.  The chemicals become very concentrated in the monarch serving to make it toxic to predators.

In addition to being a host plant to the monarch butterfly, milkweed provides a source of nectar for bees and hummingbirds

During the fall, milkweed seed pods split open allowing the seed’s lightweight silk to be dispersed in the wind.

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3 Responses to “Milkweed Seed Pods”

  1. Bella Remy Photography Says:

    Would you by chance happen to know that those red bugs are that like these pods this time of year? I’ve seen them in two different places.

  2. sandersonp Says:

    Sorry, I can not answer your question with authority. We have ladybugs (a type of beetle) that often swarm during the late fall. Follow this link to see if this is the insect: http://www.learnaboutmonarchs.com/butterflygarden.html

  3. Bella Remy Photography Says:

    Yep ! That’s it ! Figures, it’s called the Milkweed Bug. Too funny!

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