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June 29, 2007



Hi Tracy,
Your butterfly is a Red-Spotted Purple. Lucky you--I've never had a chance to see one, even though they're a Minnesota butterfly.


Poor mama bird... but such is the cycle, and the hawks are beautiful to watch. Do you find your asclepias incarnata seeds around rather indiscriminately? I'm curious because I just planted my sole winter sown seedling that survived and I've read conflicting reports...


Nice to see the Merganser in another phase of life... we have them here only in winter.

P.S. Glad I'm not the only one who likes Guadalcanal Diary! :)


RuthieJ: Thanks for ID'ing my butterfly, and thanks for stopping by my blog! I see these types of butterflies fairly often, so maybe they're more popular around the Twin Cities than south.

Kim: Last year was the first year for swamp milkweed at our house. I'm not sure where they came from, as there isn't any more on the pond. Last year we had two plants, this year there are six. I've noticed that all of them are growing in about 2-6 inches of water. We'll see how many more come next year. Ironically, I've scattered common milkweed seeds around the pond area and have never had any grow.

Rurality: I know here in MN we only see hooded mergansers in their breeding cycle - it's neat to know people who see them in the winter. And GD rocks!

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