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The rush milkweed (also called desert milkweed) plants are in bloom.

Turns out the buds, flowers, and seed pods are a bounty of food for insects.

If you have been following Bug of the Week, you can probably recognize some of the seven insects that I found on the rush milkweed today.

  1. What are the  yellow-orange insects?

2. How about this red and black one?

3. What is this insect? What do you think it's waiting for?


4. Here's another waiting insect. What is it?


5. This one is tricky. What do you think it is?


6. This is another tough one. We've already looked at the yellow orange insects. So, what is the pale green oval at the end of the hairlike stalk?


7. Finally, who is this striped cutie?

Milkweeds are home to some interesting insects. Do you have any milkweeds growing nearby?

Edit:  The answers are now posted.

This week a friend of mine asked me if I'd like some silkworms. She knew I was an experienced silkworm mom and she had received way too many from her order in the mail.

So, now we have tiny silkworm caterpillars to feed.

They are so adorable, how could I say no?

(See our previous posts about the silkworm life cycle and the history of silkworms.)

While picking leaves in the yard this morning for the silkworms, I found this giant swallowtail butterfly.

It's pretty bedraggled. What do you think happened to it?

 

Every morning when I stumble out to pick up the newspaper, I like to take a moment to look around at what is happening in the yard. Usually it is still peaceful. Only the birds are awake.

This morning something was zooming around the clumps of desert marigolds. It looked like a small hummingbird, and it flew fast and strong like a bird. Except it wasn't.

Here's one from an older slide I had scanned.

The white-lined sphinx moths have emerged!

White-lined sphinx moths are unusual for moths because they can be seen flying during the day, particularly in the early morning. Aren't they beautiful?

Have you seen any insects this week?