This odd plant is in an uncultivated area on the west side of Fort Worth. Any ideas on what it is?
And to complete my quest for learning, what are the insects on the lower pod?
Thanks for sharing your knowledge!
Asclepias asperula or Antelope Horns Milkweed. Its the host plant for caterpillars.
Phoenix, you are awesome! What a wealth of plant info. Thank you for identifying my 2 mystery plants today.
I am not sure about the bug's name, but they birth inside the cracked seedpods. I do not see any damage from these bugs when the age. They seem to disappear.
That explains why the bugs were only on the older damaged pod. No bugs on the intact pod. Interesting! Thank you, wantonamara.
The monarch caterpillars are on there also but not in the numbers that theses bugs are. I was just out collecting seed for someone and I was up close and had ti chase the little guys out more than once. The pods crack open and then hang for a bit before they crack open further and the seeds fly in the wind. I have a lot of these in my field. They are one of my most favorite flower.
I forgot to mention that the plant disappears as the summer progresses. orange aphids also like it
I'm pretty sure those are Black and Orange Milkweed Bugs and the following is part of an article I kept when I learned of these bugs years ago
The Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar has a symbiotic relationship with these bugs. No self-respecting bird would eat the Milkweed Bugs, so the caterpillar remains relatively safe until it becomes a butterfly, a butterfly which, because it eats milkweed, is distasteful to birds.
very very interesting.
Very interesting! Love knowing how it all fits together in the grand scheme.
Nature is truly amazing, lol