Nature Study Lessons - blog from a homeschooling mom--devoted to Nature Study ONLY!
The Common Milkweed plant is not so “common” after all. Aptly named, this milkweed species goes unnoticed, growing along roadsides and in fields when it is not in bloom. However, beneath its dull exterior, the milkweed is full of uncommon attributes. The Common Milkweed has poisonous powers. Inside the plant, a sticky white sap with a bitter taste warns away the insects and animals that try to eat its leaves. The monarch butterfly is immune to the toxin and feeds on it exclusively, making…
Another butterfly that loves purple coneflower - Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
American Painted Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
Over the past few years there has been a dramatic decline in the monarch butterfly population. This has been caused by a variety of things, including loss of milkweed, drought conditions, pesticide, and habitat loss. Although some of these dangers are natural and can’t be avoided, there are ways to help out from home. So, …
This is what I want tattooed on my ankle. :)
One of our favorite pots -- tin buckets! #gardening