Green Throated Carib Hummingbird
Ladybug / Ladybeetle
Puerto Rican Monarch
Snowberry Clearwing Moth
Very High: after hurricane, existing plants regenerated quickly; new plants stated emerging a little over a week later; providing pollen/nectar to a large variety of pollinators.
Recent research by Jaap de Roode’s lab at Emory University, confirmed that butterflies that are infected by OE tend to prefer the tropical milkweed even more than usual. However the tropical milkweed has been found to be “medicinal” in terms of improving parasite resistance suggesting that they are self medicating their offspring. In the final analysis they determined the effect is certainly real.
Other common names for this plant are Scarlet Milkweed, Mexican Milkweed, Bloodflower, and Silkweed