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Common Milkweed with A Moth

Common Milkweed with A Moth
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Copyright: Chris T Pehlivan (CTP) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-13
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Canon 18-55mm ef/s, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Plants to Know [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-31 17:42
Viewed: 4067
Points: 33
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is a species of milkweed, native to most of North America east of the Rockies, with the exception of the drier parts of the Prairies. It grows in sandy soils and appreciates lots of sunlight. It was one of the earliest North American species described in Cornut's 1635 Canadensium plantarum historia. The specific epithet was reused by Linnaeus due to Cornut's confusion with a species from Asia Minor.

Common milkweed is a herbaceous perennial plant growing from a rhizome to 1-2 m tall. The stem is very hairy, and all parts of the plants produce a white latex when broken. The leaves are opposite, simple broad ovate-lanceolate, 7-25 cm long and 3-12 cm broad, usually with an undulate margin and a red-colored main vein. They have a very short petiole and a velvety underside.

The flowers are grouped in several spherical umbels with numerous flowers in each umbel. The individual flowers are small, 1-2 cm diameter, perfumed, with five cornate hoods. The seeds are attached to long, white flossy hairs and encased in large follicles.
The plant's latex contains large quantities of glycosides, making the leaves and pod bark toxic for sheep, and potentially humans (though large quantities of the foul-tasting parts would need to be eaten). However, the young shoots, young leaves, flower buds and fresh fruits are all edible. It is important not to confuse young shoots with those of the toxic Spreading Dogbane.

Failed attempts have been made to exploit rubber (from the latex) and fiber (from the seed's floss) production from the plant industrially. The floss was nonetheless used for stuffing. The flowers often constitute small traps for insects who cannot take off again. Several insects live off the plant, including the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus), the Milkweed Beetle (Tetraopes tetraophtalmus), Small Milkweed Bug (Lygaeus kalmii) and Milkweed Leaf Beetle (Labidomera clivicollis).

Due to deforestation providing suitable habitat, the plant often acts as a weed, and it is naturalized in several areas outside of its native range, including Oregon and parts of Europe.
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Hello Cris,

excellent colors, on the flowers and buterfly, excllent details, very crisp, BG POv DOF nice work,

TFS kyle

I like the blend of purple and greens here Chris

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-10-31 23:22]

Hello Chris

When milkweed is seen like this the real beauty shines through.You have presented it in a beautiful way.A lovely composition with deep, well saturated colours.Excellent POV and DOF.The image is very clear. The moth is in focus as well and really adds to the shot.TFS


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-11-01 2:53]

Hi Chris.
I like this composition.Beautiful details in flowers.Very good POV,pleasant colours and very nice light.Well done!
Greetings Milos

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-01 3:07]
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Hello Chris,
Sorry no time,critique later..:)

Hello CT,
A beautiful flower capture, sooo crisp!
Wonderful details in this pleasing close-up work, tihgt framing works well!
Pablo -

Hi Chris,
What a beautiful flower, the shape of each individual flower is very interesting. The soft purple colors of the flower is really beautiful. Excellent composition and the fact that you caught a b'fly in it as well is absolutely perfect.

Hello Chris,

The creature is a tiger moth of the genus Haploa (Arctiidae, Arctiinae, Callimorphini), most probably H. clymene.

Best regards,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-01 5:14]

Hi Chirs

What a beautiful combination: splendid flower and a very beautiful butterfly!
All these colors look magnificent!
The shallow DOF work very well, the sharpness is impecable and the exposure is very well managed.
Great framing and composition, too.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Chirs,
It is always amazing to see a plant with a weed in it's name look so beautiful. You have really captured the colors and fine detail in this scene. The main focus is the flower, but the butterfly off in the corner is a great added bonus. Very well done!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-01 12:39]

Una hermosa composición Chris con bellos colores, buen POV y DOF generando un suave fondo.
Un correcto encuadre descentrando la mariposa con atinada presentación.
Gracias y saludos... Ricardo

Beautiful composition Chris with beautiful colors, good POV and DOF generating a soft bottom.
A correct framing uncentering the butterfly with accurate presentation.
Thank you and greetings... Ricardo

Merhaba Tolga,
Süper bir macro.Başlı başına sadece çiçek bile mükemmelken kelebek extra güzellik katmış.Eline sağlık.
Türkiyeden çok selamlar!


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-11-02 17:32]

hello chris
congratulations...i see excellent both flower and insect close-up photo. composition, point of view, colours, focus, sharpness, details and note are great.

Hi friend,
successful macro , with of impressive colors! Very good details, light, perpective, POV...
Take care Ana:)

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-24 15:25]

Hi Chris,
I don't know what is better here: flower of month! Extremely beuautiful shape in both and a lovely colors in the flower.
Best regards,
José M.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-24 18:11]

Hi Chris,
georgeous composition,
not only did you capture a wonderful flower, but it comes with a wonderful visitor. Very nice POV and excellent sharp details.

hi chris
l'ensmble est vraiment tres jolies ,j'aime particulierement les couleurs.
la netteté est excellente.felicitations.

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