Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A scene from Summer (26 AUG 2013)

I thought I would share a picture from exactly six months ago to remind you of Summer.

Ants and aphids

This photo shows a Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) plant in a field near Mt. Pleasant.  This milkweed was covered with hundred of small aphids.  The aphids were being guarded by a number of ants.  The ants protect the aphids from predators and are rewarded with a sugary substance (honeydew) that is secreted by the aphids as they feed on the plant.

Summer will be here before we know it.

It's only 22 more days until the Vernal Equinox, 111 days to the Summer Solstice, 209 days to the Autumnal Equinox, and only 298 days until the Winter begins again.

Enjoy each season while it is here.

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