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Old Aug 20, 2008, 5:03 PM   #1
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These are the seed pods of a giant milkweed from South Africa, Gomphocarpus physocarpus, also known in the trade as Asclepias physocarpa or Asclepias "Family Jewels." It has a variety of common names: Family Jewels, Balloon plant, Milkweed tree, Cotton Bush (for the airborne seeds), and Hairy B--s (on some nursery tags, but for which Family Jewels is an obvious euphemism for use in nursery advertising). The "tree" grows to 10 feet or so, and is a host to the same Monarchs, aphids, and Milkweed Bugs as the more common milkweeds.

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If those are... what bugs are they...:O:-)

Fine pix, Penolta. What bugs are they?



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They are nothing more exciting than Milkweed Bugs, Kjell. :yawn: You may have missed this thread while you were in Africa - take a look:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...96&forum_id=80
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Lovely series Penolta. I like how you've "zoomed in" in sequence....cheers...Don
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They are nothing more exciting than Milkweed Bugs, Kjell. :yawn: You may have missed this thread while you were in Africa - take a look:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=80
Yeah, I missed that. Thanks for linking, HQ pictures!

But - in my book it says that insects have two phases: larvae and, well, "adult?" (what's the correct term?). But these look like some intermediate between larvae and adult, just differing in size. Explanation?

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They are nothing more exciting than Milkweed Bugs, Kjell. :yawn: You may have missed this thread while you were in Africa - take a look:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...96&forum_id=80
Yeah, I missed that. Thanks for linking, HQ pictures!

But - in my book it says that insects have two phases: larvae and, well, "adult?" (what's the correct term?). But these look like some intermediate between larvae and adult, just differing in size. Explanation?

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These insects have a gradual or incomplete metamorphosis, that is, their nymphs or instar stages look like miniature adults gradually developing wings until they become fully formed in the final or adult stage (which is called the imago) . There are other types of metamorphosis, including the familiar complete metamorphosis from caterpillar (larva) to chrysalis (pupa) to butterfly (imago).
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Interesting, thanks a lot!

This is part of why I love this forum,I've learnt so much besides the gear talk. Bumper sticker for Steve's Pentaxians: "Being a a Pentaxianmakes you smarter!"

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