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This Morning Outside

by Diane Porter

August 8, 2016
Birdwatching Dot Com
Fairfield, Iowa

Sometimes in the middle of the summer birding can hold fewer surprises than during spring or fall. Then I start paying more attention to wildflowers. Like this Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) that's blooming in a wet meadow near Birdwatching Dot Com.

There was a momentary shadow, and a Giant Swallowtail butterfly flapped past my face and onto the milkweed. Black on the upper side, yellow below, it danced weightlessly all over the flower.

Now there's a good reason to plant native wildflowers.

Papilio cresphontes

Chickadee on hand

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