Eastern Long-horned Milkweed Beetles (Tetraopes tetraophthalmus), mating on Common Milkweed flowers (Asclepias syriaca), July 13, 1979. Town of Manchester, Ontario County, south of Palmyra, NY... © Dave Spier [low-res scan of Kodachrome 64 slide # 334-25] Shot with a Canon film camera and macro lens [details not recorded].
covered with ants
Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area, Dunn Co., WI
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) photo = Milkweed,Common_MAC_©DaveSpier_D041818iN
4 feet high, along trail on high ground
Milkweed makes a milky juice that consists of latex and contains alkaloids. This repels some pests, wireworms for example. Milkweeds help other plants in the process by keeping these pests away. The fluffy fibers from Milkweed seedpods are used to make stuffing for hypoallergenic pillows.
Photo by Jennah Welch