Added 9/18/2017: Tar spot of maple, Rhytisma americanum, is a harmless parasite.
Added 9/18/2017: Red maple, Acer rubrum, displays red in every season.
Added 9/18/2017: Silver maple, Acer saccharinum, has distinctive leaves.
Added 9/9/2017: The monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, is a Midwestern icon.
Added 9/9/2017: Common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca hosts diverse insects.
Added 8/23/2017: The American robin, Turdus migratorius, has an unfortunate scientific name.
Added 8/22/2017: Pokeweed, Phytolacca america, makes amazing berries in late summer.
Added 8/12/2017: The wood duck, Aix sponsa, is an unmistakeable bird.
Added 7/21/2017: Eastern cottonwood, Populus deltoides, is a towering riparian tree.
Added 7/20/2017: The widow skimmer, Libellula luctuosa, is a common sight near water.
Added 7/19/2017: Butterfly milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa, has deep orange flowers.
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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Aix sponsa—(wood duck)
American robin—(Turdus migratorius)
Aphis nerii—(oleander aphid)
Brown-headed cowbird—(Molothrus ater)
Butterfly milkweed / butterfly weed—(Asclepias tuberosa)
Chrysochus auratus—(dogbane beetle)
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Cycnia inopinatus—(unexpected Cycnia)
Danaus plexippus—(monarch butterfly)
Euchaetes egle—(milkweed tiger moth)
Dogbane beetle—(Chrysochus auratus)
Large milkweed bug—(Oncopeltus fasciatus)
Libellula luctuosa—(widow skimmer)
Limenitis archippus—(viceroy butterfly)
Milkweed tiger moth—(Euchaetes egle)
Molothrus ater—(brown-headed cowbird)
Monarch butterfly—(Danaus plexippus)
Oleander aphid—(Aphis nerii)
Oncopeltus fasciatus—(large milkweed bug)
Populus deltoides—(eastern cottonwood)
Red milkweed beetle—(Tetraopes tertophthalmus)
References — List of resources consulted and/or cited.
Rhytisma americanum—(tar spot of maple)
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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