When we were walking over Big Meadow along Skyline Drive last month, we came across this interesting plant. I have never noticed it before. Fortunately I was able to identify it when browsing through the images at Google Images. Sometimes when you describe what you are looking for in the subject line, you get lucky. It doesn't always work out that way but I was happy to find what I needed. According to this website here it is very toxic. When I read how toxic it does not sound very good at all. I'm glad I didn't touch it. Another reason why I keep my hands off when I go exploring.
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There were plenty of thistles growing on the meadow that day.
I wanted to take a photo of the Silver-spotted Skipper on the Milkweed, but when I looked at the same photo later, I noticed it had company. It actually looked like a bee, but I've never seen a completely black one before. Or maybe it was the lighting.
Here is another bee that is more of a normal coloring, and his company is a little ant.
One more shot of the milkweed plant. This website shares how important Milkweed is to the Monarch Butterfly. It has a variety of the plants here and from what I saw, to pollinators in general. I believe the one I found is a Common Milkweed.
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