Butterfly Weed at Effigy Mounds

Butterfly Weed

 

Took this shot of some beautiful Butterfly Weed while at the Effigy Mounds National Monument. I just learned while looking it up that it is a kind of milkweed, one of my favorite plants from our backyard. We have seen it around the roadsides in Minnesota as well, it adds a beautiful splash of color. Normal milkweed attracts all kinds of unique insects, which have been featured in my Photo of the Day before. They are also hosts to Monarch Butterfly larvae. Tomorrow I will post up a picture of the flowers from our milkweed for contrast.