A Few of the Insects Living on Milkweeds

Here’s an activity page that describes a few of the creatures that students might find in a clump of milkweeds.  There are excellent (and more detailed) descriptions of the interactions and adaptations to be found within such communities in John Eastman’s marvelous tome, The Book of Field and Roadside, published by Stackpole Books in 2003, as well as in the extremely useful Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Forests:  North America by John C. Kricher, Houghton Mifflin, 1998.

Reading aloud and transforming a page such as this before or after a visit to a milkweed clump allows students an opportunity to amplify and reinforce their actual out-of-doors experiences with words and images.  The completed page becomes a tangible prompt for conversations with families and friends.  It can also serve as a memento to be pasted into their nature journals as an accompaniment to their original writings and / or field sketches.

 

The Parts of a Milkweed and its Animal Associates pdf