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)
Asclepias tuberosa—(butterfly milkweed / butterfly weed)
Brown-headed cowbird—(Molothrus ater)
Butterfly milkweed / butterfly weed—(Asclepias tuberosa)
Chrysochus auratus—(dogbane beetle)
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Cycnia inopinatus—(unexpected Cycnia)
Dogbane beetle—(Chrysochus auratus)
Libellula luctuosa—(widow skimmer)
Molothrus ater—(brown-headed cowbird)
Populus deltoides—(eastern cottonwood)
References — List of resources consulted and/or cited.
Unexpected Cycnia—(Cycnia inopinatus)
Widow skimmer—(Libellula luctuosa)
Wood duck—(Aix sponsa)
Kuo, Michael & Melissa Kuo (2017). Midwestnaturalist.com homepage. Retrieved from the midwestnaturalist.com website: www.midwestnaturalist.com/index.html
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