Saturday, July 25, 2009

Western Tiger Swallowtail on teasel

This morning near the Willamette River, here in Yamhill Co., the butterflies were putting on a show. I had never before noticed Western Tiger Swallowtails "nectaring" on Common Teasel blossoms, but today there were several. When a native species gets some benefit from an introduced plant, it somehow makes the introduction seem not so bad. The Teasel, I understand, was used in the textile industry for "teasing" wool during the manufacturing process. and was brought here from Europe.


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