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Monarch’s Delight (12/31/2010) Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) secretes a white sticky foul tasting liquid (“milk”) as a means of protection. The

Monarch butterfly is one of the few animals that finds it tasty. The Monarch lays eggs on the plant and the caterpillars gorge themselves on the “foul tasting leaves” thereby incorporating the foul taste a protective qualities into their own bodies. The “parachute” structure of the seeds allows wide wind dispersal and adds variety to the delight of dandelion and Salsify adventures.

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Taken on September 5, 2011