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Asclepias tuberosa, butterfly milkweed


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Rhytisma americanum, tar spot of maple

Added 9/18/2017: Tar spot of maple, Rhytisma americanum, is a harmless parasite.


Acer rubrum, red maple

Added 9/18/2017: Red maple, Acer rubrum, displays red in every season.


Acer saccharinum, silver maple

Added 9/18/2017: Silver maple, Acer saccharinum, has distinctive leaves.


Danaus plexippus, monarch butterfly

Added 9/9/2017: The monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, is a Midwestern icon.


Asclepias syriaca, common milkweed

Added 9/9/2017: Common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca hosts diverse insects.


Turdus migratorius, American robin

Added 8/23/2017: The American robin, Turdus migratorius, has an unfortunate scientific name.


Phytolacca americana, pokeweed

Added 8/22/2017: Pokeweed, Phytolacca america, makes amazing berries in late summer.


Aix sponsa, wood duck

Added 8/12/2017: The wood duck, Aix sponsa, is an unmistakeable bird.


Molothrus ater, brown-headed cowbird

 

Added 7/21/2017: The brown-headed cowbird, Molothrus ater, lays its eggs in the nests of other birds!


Populus deltoides, eastern cottonwood

Added 7/21/2017: Eastern cottonwood, Populus deltoides, is a towering riparian tree.


Libellula luctuosa, widow skimmer

Added 7/20/2017: The widow skimmer, Libellula luctuosa, is a common sight near water.


Asclepias tuberosa, butterfly milkweed

Added 7/19/2017: Butterfly milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa, has deep orange flowers.


Apocynum cannabinum, dogbane

Added 7/19/2017: Dogbane, Apocynum cannabinum, is common throughout the Midwest.

 

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Pictured above are the flowers of Asclepias tuberosa, known as "butterfly weed" or "butterfly milkweed." As its common names suggest, it is a favorite of monarchs and other butterflies, appearing in summer throughout the Midwest. It is easily identified by its gorgeous orange flowers and its alternating, narrowly oblong, pointed leaves.

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The Midwest is large and diverse, containing many different ecosystems. We are based in central Illinois, where the corn and soybean fields stretch to the horizons and the woods (primarily oak-hickory and cottonwood-sycamore forests) follow rivers and un-tillable land. In the northern Midwest, however, ecosystems range from beech-maple woods to cedar swamps and sub-boreal forests (among others), while in the southern Midwest one can find southern forest ecosystems and, in Kentucky and southern Ohio, Appalachian ecosystems, famous for their natural diversity. That's a lot to cover—but we love to travel, explore, and learn!

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Acer
     Acer rubrum—(red maple)
     Acer saccharinum—(silver maple)

Aix sponsa—(wood duck)

American robin—(Turdus migratorius)

Aphis nerii—(oleander aphid)

Apocynum cannabinum—(dogbane)

Asclepias
     Asclepias syriaca—(common milkweed)
     Asclepias tuberosa—(butterfly milkweed / butterfly weed)

Brown-headed cowbird—(Molothrus ater)

Butterfly milkweed / butterfly weed—(Asclepias tuberosa)

Chrysochus auratus—(dogbane beetle)

Contact—Please feel free to contact us at .

Cottonwood—(Populus deltoides)

Cycnia inopinatus—(unexpected Cycnia)

Danaus plexippus—(monarch butterfly)

Dogbane—(Apocynum cannabinum)

Euchaetes egle—(milkweed tiger moth)

Dogbane beetle—(Chrysochus auratus)

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Large milkweed bug—(Oncopeltus fasciatus)

Libellula luctuosa—(widow skimmer)

Limenitis archippus—(viceroy butterfly)

Maple:
     Red maple—(Acer rubrum)
     Silver maple—(Acer saccharinum)

Milkweed:
     Butterfly milkweed / butterfly weed—(Asclepias tuberosa)
     Common milkweed—(Asclepias syriaca)

Milkweed tiger moth—(Euchaetes egle)

Molothrus ater—(brown-headed cowbird)

Monarch butterfly—(Danaus plexippus)

Oleander aphid—(Aphis nerii)

Oncopeltus fasciatus—(large milkweed bug)

Phytolacca americana—(pokeweed)

Pokeweed—(Phytolacca americana)

Populus deltoides—(eastern cottonwood)

Red milkweed beetle—(Tetraopes tertophthalmus)

References — List of resources consulted and/or cited.

Rhytisma americanum—(tar spot of maple)

Robin—(Turdus migratorius)

Tar spot of maple—(Rhytisma americanum)

Tetraopes tetrophthalmus—(red milkweed beetle)

Turdus migratorius—(American robin)

Unexpected Cycnia—(Cycnia inopinatus)

Viceroy butterfly—(Limenitis archippus)

Widow skimmer—(Libellula luctuosa)

Wood duck—(Aix sponsa)




























































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