Monday, July 07, 2008
Honey from a Butterfly Weed
The Honey Bee was so intent upon being the first to gather nectar from a new bloom opening on a Butterfly Weed that it didn’t seem to mind my lens being shoved in its face.
The beautiful orange blossoms of the low growing Butterfly Weed add a touch of vivid color to our rural roadsides. Along with their beauty they also attract and provide food to many insects. Rarely do I encounter a Butterfly Weed that is not covered with ants, but in this case the lone Honey Bee was the only insect I noticed.
Overgrown roadsides are an excellent place to find a wide variety of wildflowers as mowing and cultivation rarely if ever interferes with their growth and reproduction. My wife and I discovered this particular plant as we strolled along an abandoned section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike that has been converted into a hiking/biking trail.