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Karen Benson Texas Master Naturalist

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Karen Benson is a columnist for the Bee-Picayune.

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  • Karen L. P. Benson photo.Milkweeds produce pods like this one. Each pod is full of silk-covered seeds. The dry pod will split open releasing hundreds of the fluffy seeds. The seeds can be carried by the wind for miles to new homes. This is probably how the climbing milkweed got in the Butterfly Garden.
    Karen L. P. Benson photo.Milkweeds produce pods like this one. Each pod is full of silk-covered seeds. The dry pod will split open releasing hundreds of the fluffy seeds. The seeds can be carried by the wind for miles to new homes. This is probably how the climbing milkweed got in the Butterfly Garden.
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  • Flowers of milkweeds are beautiful up close. The stamens and pistils are fused to form a column in the center of the flower. The column is surrounded by a ring of five “hoods.” In this species the hoods look like glistening pearls. This climbing milkweed has taken up residence in the Butterfly Garden.  Below, Milkweeds produce pods like this one. Each pod is full of silk-covered seeds. The dry pod will split open releasing hundreds of the fluffy seeds. The seeds can be carried by the wind for miles to new homes. This is probably how the climbing milkweed got in the Butterfly Garden.
    Flowers of milkweeds are beautiful up close. The stamens and pistils are fused to form a column in the center of the flower. The column is surrounded by a ring of five “hoods.” In this species the hoods look like glistening pearls. This climbing milkweed has taken up residence in the Butterfly Garden. Below, Milkweeds produce pods like this one. Each pod is full of silk-covered seeds. The dry pod will split open releasing hundreds of the fluffy seeds. The seeds can be carried by the wind for miles to new homes. This is probably how the climbing milkweed got in the Butterfly Garden.
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  • No! I don’t have a fetish for scat. You may think so since animal droppings seem to crop up in my column pretty often. But scat is a great way to identify the presence of cryptic animals. Horny Toad scat is distinctive. It is about an inch long with a little white ball of uric acid on one end. The scat will be found on open ground.  Partially decomposed scat will show bits of ant exoskeletons in it.
    No! I don’t have a fetish for scat. You may think so since animal droppings seem to crop up in my column pretty often. But scat is a great way to identify the presence of cryptic animals. Horny Toad scat is distinctive. It is about an inch long with a little white ball of uric acid on one end. The scat will be found on open ground. Partially decomposed scat will show bits of ant exoskeletons in it.
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