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Maurice Spangler sent this great photo of Monarch butterfly caterpillars dining on butterfly weeds, wrote wife Carolyn. "Just before finding them I freed a Monarch butterfly from a nearby spider web," she writes. "Asclepias are milkweeds whose sap contains cardiac toxins. The caterpillars are immune to these poisons and prefer to eat milkweed leaves and flowers. They thereby become full of cardiotoxins which make them taste bad and birds who try to eat them can die. Interestingly enough, the day bef...

Great crested flycatchers are great fun

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Joan Hanson reports: "The herons must be extra hungry this year. We've had a cabin on 6th Crow Wing for almost 35 years, and we had a 'first' a couple weeks ago. My grandson and his wife noticed a great blue heron further up in the yard than usual and watched as he snatched a chipmunk, walked to the dock, dunked the chipmunk in the water and 'down the hatch.'

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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