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Common Milkweed

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 3 August 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

The plant contains cardiac glycosides, allied to digitalins used in treating some heart disease. These glycosides, when absorbed by monarch butterfly larvae whose sole source of food is milkweed foliage, make the larvae and adult butterflies toxic to birds and other predators. It was interesting to read that all milkweed are "probably somewhat toxic, some fatally so, to both humans and animals." Photo taken July 13, 2009.

Canon PowerShot A630 1/60 second F/2.8 8 mm

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MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Poisonous or not - it has glorious colours! Super capture!

3 Aug 2009 8:16am

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

Lovely framing and colors!

3 Aug 2009 1:47pm

Vanilla Wine from United States

very nice macro

3 Aug 2009 6:45pm

zOOm from Paris, France

An explosion of colors ! Your own and personal fireworks ? :-))) Lovely !

3 Aug 2009 6:45pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Very nice processing.

3 Aug 2009 6:58pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Beautiful. Colorful. Butterfly banquet table.

3 Aug 2009 7:46pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

I'm not sure I like this one (looks HDR'd) better than an accurately processed photo of this lovely plant. It is very interesting though and well done.

7 Aug 2009 4:59pm