The Milkweed is in bloom and happens to be the host plant to a couple of different insects. Pictured here is a Milkweed bug in red and black and a Monarch Butterfly caterpillar in stripes. Not much else will eat the milkweed plant. This is an important plant in the Monarch's life cycle, though. And, for this reason, it is a great native plant to add to a butterfly garden or any garden in Indiana. Milkweed does great in the sun, but will survive in partial shade too.
The weather finally cleared long enough for an evening walk. The birds were settling down for the evening, satisfied and full and talking to each other. And clouds lining the horizon dropped down into the bog.