Hello everyone! I’m not 100% sure, but these may be Monarch Butterfly eggs. I am, umm… How old am I anyway? I forget. Anyway, however old I am, I have not seen Monarch Butterfly eggs in person before. I have seen them online. After all, these eggs are on a Milkweed.
UPDATE!!! On Sunday, September 8, I realized the eggs are not from the Monarch Butterfly. They were APHID eggs and now have hatched!
It is strange, but I have been back here since 2013 and this is the first year there have been Asclepias syriaca (Common Milkweed) or A. sullivantii (Prairie Milkweed) in the hayfield. They started popping up after the hay was baled in the big hayfield and in the back of the farm. I am not sure if these are the Common Milkweed or Prairie Milkweed at this stage. Just guessing, I would say they are the Common… A few of them came up by the lagoon this spring and I completely forgot about them until they started setting seed pods. My lawnmower had broken down so by the time I mowed in that area they had already flowered. GEEZ! Both species grow very similar but the Common Milkweed get MUCH taller and by that time you can also tell by the petioles and midribs… Just guessing… 🙂
There are always a lot of what I have been calling Asclepias stenophylla (Narrowleaf Milkweed). Of course, they could be A. hirtella or one of a couple of other “narrow-leaved” Milkweeds. This is the first year I have really gotten into wildflower ID, so I am still learning. I am a work in progress.
I am working on three posts at the same time but I had to make some positive ID’s before posting. I hope to post more since I have settled down a bit after having to ID so many new species this past summer. Sometimes I wonder what I was thinking when I started this new project to identify the wildflower species here. By the end of last summer, I had identified maybe 20 species. Now I have over 100 on the list. It seems every time I go out to take more photos of what I have already identified I find one or two more…
Plants are one thing, but then I get stuck chasing butterflies. Sometimes I wonder if anyone is watching. Moths are weird, though. There was this one on a flower a couple of days ago I tried to photograph but it was vibrating to shake the pollen loose so all the photos were blurry. 🙂
Until next time, be safe, stay positive, be thankful and… Well, you know what to do by now.