Bug of the Week: Milkweed Bugs Emerge

With patience, we have the final answer about the milkweed bugs.

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Checking the plant, there are some newly-molted adults.

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The new adults are lack the dark pigmentation. This one is adjusting its wings with its back feet.

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As they darken more, it becomes clear that they are indeed small milkweed bugs, Lygaeus kalmii.

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Having spent so much time watching them, they seem like old friends.

Now I will be on the look out for eggs!

Have you ever observed insects in nature over a period of weeks? What kind of insect was it?

 

 

 

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