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One

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more

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monarch

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headed

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in due time

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for

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Mexico

 

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Sown here last year for the monarch and her brood
milkweed has grown to host a new visitor —
like this banded net-winged beetle
(calopteron discrepans, I think) —
on nearly every leaf turned

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Feeding among clusters of pending white snakeroot blooms,

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an orange assassin bug (Pselliopus barberi) proves the point of its name.

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First observed on our North American continent in Nova Scotia in 1979, Europe’s large yellow underwing moth (Noctua pronuba) has sure come a long way to one day be roused from its cover of soft brown forewings and awkwardly rise in surprising orange flutter before an approaching mower here in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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