I wish to place a message on the Monarch butterfly telegraph.
Plentiful milkweed can be found in the gardens, the fields, and the untended spaces around ponds and along roads. Many late spring and early summer flowers are blooming. Please spread the word. Thank you.
During the second week in June, the milkweed flowers began to open. Now, most of the milkweed plants have flowers and the early blooms are fading. The buds start out green, gradually turn a purplish red, and then they open to reveal a pink and red flower with an intricate center pattern. The purple in the red stands out in the early morning sunshine.
I haven’t seen a Monarch butterfly yet this year. I have seen a ruby-throated hummingbird making his rounds of the flowers. I’ve felt his wings stir the air as he breezed by me more than once. I wasn’t quick enough to find him with the camera before he darted away until last Tuesday at sunrise when a tiny bird flew across the road. He stopped on the top of the fence partly hidden in the shadow of the trees. It was a ruffled ruby-throated hummingbird looking like he had just finished his morning bath.
Much to my surprise, one paused to taste the nectar of a milkweed flower right in front of me on Sunday morning.
June 9, 2017
June 13, 2017
June 18, 2017
Take care and thanks for reading.