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Old Jul 4, 2008, 5:35 PM   #1
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See the consequences of this union in the "Atttack of the Milkweed Bugs" in this thread in thePentax forum:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=80
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Old Jul 4, 2008, 6:02 PM   #2
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Beautiful color and composition. Hey, have you had an abnormally large number of these guys? I have seen more milkweed bugs this year than I can remember.

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Old Jul 4, 2008, 6:08 PM   #3
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Sharp and colorful photos, penolta! They multiply pretty quickly it appears. They taste bad so they don't get eaten,and don't provide food......is their purpose to hold down milkweed growth?
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Old Jul 4, 2008, 6:22 PM   #4
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Thanks Steve and VP.

Steve, these are the first we have had - I probably should have squished the first one we saw, but we were curious to see what would happen, and there were obviously more that we didn't see. Now we know.

VP, I don't know that we can say anything has a purpose, as evolution is so opportunistic. There are undoubtedly predators and parasites out there somewhere that don't mind the taste, even as ladybird beetles eat the bright yellow oleander aphids on the milkweeds, but they must deter the majority ofpotential "bad guys," or they would be camouflaged so they would be inconspicuous. Ladybird beetles might be able toeat the smallest ones right after they hatch.
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Great photo.
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Thanks, Flutelady, for looking and commenting.

VP, re my comment¬*that Ladybird beetles might be able to¬*eat the smallest ones right after they hatch, I added a photo of some small ones to the end of the thread in the Pentax forum (link as in the first panel: http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...96&forum_id=80 ).

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I saw those on the Pentax side and they are very colorful, but I never see them around here. They make some great photos with the orange and green colors.

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Thanks, tom, for looking and commenting.
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