Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Seed Pod of Honeyvine Milkweed

This seed pod is a real beauty. I have always thought the seeds look like small dolls in silk dresses. They burst from the pod and will float on a breeze to new destinations, and if there is no breeze they float to the ground to start next years crop. The insects are large milkweed bugs. The adults will overwinter and next spring the young will hatch from small, bright red, elongated eggs. They feed mainly on the milkweed and may sometimes sip nectar from other plants but are not known for doing any damage. They are vibrant in their bright red and black bodies.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, I love to watch these seeds float through the air.