The Surprise Inside: Seeds In Their Pods

Challenge #187 in the Life in the Natural World series. Hosted by RuthC.
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This challenge is about seeds, and the interesting seed pods/capsules/cases which hold and protect the fruit inside them until they are ready to grow into the next generation of plants. Your entry should show BOTH the seed case or capsule, AND the seeds or fruit inside. Macro and close-ups welcome. SIZE of entry: 1,600 pixels. Entrants who choose to enter over-size shots will not be invited to resubmit. Get the size correct the first time!
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Into The Wind
by Speeler
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Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca is an important plant because so many species of insects depend on it. Monarch Butterflies, Milkweed Bugs, and Milkweed Leaf Beetles only eat milkweed, and could not survive without it. Many other species of insects use milkweed as their primary food source, or as a major food source. Common Milkweed grows up to six feet tall. It has large, broad leaves, usually four to ten inches long. They sometimes have red veins.This plant is found in fields, gardens, and along roads. Common Milkweed flowers are pinkish-purple clusters which often droop. Fruits are green pods which turn brown before bursting open to let out fluffy seeds.
Submitted: Friday, 12th February, 2016 00:56 (GMT)
Taken: Sunday, 23rd November, 2014
Focal length: 70 mm
Shutter speed: 1/8000 sec
Aperture: F3.2
ISO: 1000
Views: 201
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