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Old Jul 4, 2008, 5:11 PM   #1
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Milkweed Bugs feed on milkweed seeds, puncturing the seed pods,and are brightly colored as a warning of their bad taste, derived from the noxious chemicals in the milkweeds. The instars (nymphs) are social, gathering in masses to feed (exactly why and how I have no idea - the story below may be purelyimaginary, or ....?).


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No. 1 First there was one



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Old Jul 4, 2008, 5:14 PM   #2
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No. 2 Then there were two
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Old Jul 4, 2008, 5:15 PM   #3
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No. 3 and together they produced these,which were starting to gather
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Old Jul 4, 2008, 5:16 PM   #4
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No. 4 Massing for the attack
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Old Jul 4, 2008, 5:18 PM   #5
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No. 5 Piling on (on a seed pod)
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No. 6 Pressing home the attack (no real idea what they are doing - maybe trying to open the pod?)
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No. 7 Finally it is open -- time tochow down!
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hey Penolta,
nice pics and interesting story. but I have a question... aren't the two first pics of adifferent species?:shock:
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hey Penolta,
nice pics and interesting story. but I have a question... aren't the two first pics of adifferent species?:shock:
Nope - they are one and the same - The "Large Milkweed Bug," Oncopeltus fasciatus. Whether the color on the wings of the adult is blue or black depends on the direction of the reflected light (the blue is a structural color, not a pigment). Thanks for looking and commenting.
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Terrific macros, and creepy.
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