Large Milkweed Bugs

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Large Milkweed Bugs

Uploaded: October 12, 2009


Milkweed bugs (Oncopeltus fasciatus) are commonly found on the bulbs of milkweed plants, feeding on the sap ("milk") of the host organism. They accumulate toxins from the plant within their bodies and their bright red color suggests a warning to would-be predators that they are not good to eat.
(The bright red wingless ones are nymphs)

Micro-Nikkor 105 mm, PB-4 Bellows


Michelle Alton October 12, 2009

Beautifully done! Is this a mum with her offspring? They appear to be larvae. #1191143

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