Milkweeds provide some of the most reliable sources of nectar for pollinators in the Summer.
Published by Rodolfo Dirzo, et al., this study describes the present as a "global wave of anthropogenically driven biodiversity loss: species and population extirpations and, critically, declines in local species abundance".
These are the forces that drive our native flora and fauna toward extinction.
What you will read here is our story of reversing some of the growing extinction pressures within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The information and research contained here has shown exciting results in restoring genetic diversity to local populations of native plants and increasing local species abundance for which pollinators urgently search in a fragmented ecosystem.
The graphic that you can click below shows Ionactis linariifolia. Some call this species "Stiff-leaved Aster". This season saw a race between the Winter winds and this little larva- a seed predator- devouring every seed in each head. (See third picture in series.) We were lucky to save a good amount of seed for next year's population enrichment.