One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

Seeing any white flashes in the distance?

Could it be a common flicker? A white-tailed deer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

We’ll be back later to check your answers!

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We had correct answer–this is the fluff and seeds of the common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca.

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These seeds will be dispersed through the forests and fields on the wind, bringing new milkweed to more areas.

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Those flowers that were pollinated and the milkweed leaves are a popular with dozens of insects, and even more insects that feed on them.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Master Gardener program website shows many of the milkweed community insects in a variety of life stages, that is juvenile to adults.

Humans report that insects are declining, but keep faith in nature! Natural systems ebb and flow, so if you have the place and interest in growing a milkweed community–pesticide free!–you can increase that flow.