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Milkweed Visitors

Milkweed is in full bloom right now, presenting the perfect opportunity for young and old alike to discover the multitude of butterflies, beetles, bees and other insects that are attracted to these magnificent flowers. If you visit a milkweed patch, don’t leave before getting a good whiff of the flowers’ scent – one of the sweetest on earth. How many of the insects you find are carrying milkweed’s yellow pollen “saddlebags” on their feet? You might want to check out my children’s book, MILKWEED VISITORS, which I wrote after spending the better part of one summer photographing the various insects I found visiting a milkweed patch. ( )

4 responses

  1. My parents didn’t get me nearly enough science books when I was young. I’m glad to know this book and others like it exist, and I’ll be sure to check it out next time I’m in the bookstore! I know some science-minded kids . . . 🙂

    June 29, 2012 at 1:18 am

  2. P.S. Do you ever consume milkweed yourself? I had the immature pods last summer, and they were delicious. So far this year I’ve had the immature stalks, boiled, and the unopened flowers, stir-fried. They were all good, with the added pleasure of free, wild food.

    June 29, 2012 at 1:20 am

    • I keep meaning to try pods/stalks/flower buds, but somehow never get around to it. How do you cook the young pods?

      June 29, 2012 at 2:23 am

      • You can stir-fry them or have them in curry – they don’t need to be boiled first, unlike the young shoots. I hear they’re also good in casseroles. My favorite wild foods writer, Sam Thayer, does say that it’s good to eat them quite soon after picking them, or they will get tough. He picks a lot and cans what he doesn’t use right away.

        June 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm

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