18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Milkweed Pods Release Their Seeds

Monarch butterflies favor the common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) in the spring and summer. In late summer/fall, the milkweed plants produce distinct seed pods filled with seeds and floss, a material attached to the seed that allows it to travel on the wind. The floss is both elegant and practical.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Grayslake, Illinois, United States of America
Camera: iPhone 11
Copyright: © Maryanne Natarajan