Yesterday in an attempt to get a few pictures of some milkweed blossoms I stumbled upon a bumblebee having a tasty snack. I got the milkweed pictures, but they only served as a background for that magnificent bumblebee. Today I'm going to bring you a some better pictures of another milkweed plant, and a little surprise.
Milkweed has been one of my favorite plants ever since I discovered it as a kid. I only knew about milkweed in its evil pod form though. That's what I liked about it. You can see those sinister looking pods right here if you're interested. If you have never seen them before, take a look. You won't be sorry.
Last year when I had only been blogging for a short time, I was doing a little research on these pod plants, and WiseAcre told me about these blossoms. Because of the nature of my post, he directed me to a picture of his that showed a good closeup of these blossoms. These things actually have fangs. You can see the fangs in the picture below, and maybe a little better in his post.
The blossoms here haven't opened up quite far enough yet to see the fangs as clearly as I'd like. That's okay though. The pictures still show a fascinating stage in the life of a milkweed plant. Every time I see a milkweed plant it looks like something alien to this world.
There is something else special about this plant in the pictures. This milkweed plant has a little surprise crawling around through the blossoms. And no, it's not another bumblebee. The bumblebee photos were pretty good, but this little creature is more fun for us humans.
There it is! It's a little ladybug that I found climbing around in the blossoms. It's hidden back there pretty well, but it's clear for all to see in this last picture. These little ladybugs are a favorite of most children, and they're considered to be good luck.
Something I'm not sure most of you know about ladybugs though is that they can and do bite sometimes. It doesn't really hurt, but you can indeed feel it. I know this because it happened to me at least three times. These are the one kind of bug that we let crawl on us, and now I found out that they bite.
Don't let this worry you even if I am trying to scare and tease you a little bit. What I said is true, but I think they're mostly very passive. Maybe it's just me that they like to bite. Then again, maybe they're evil monsters just like the milkweed plants that this one seems to like. Hah haha ha hahaha hah!