Nice photo, Ryan. Do you know the name of these bugs? They look a little like this one. Cheers, Anne
Thanks, Anne. They do look really similar, but the pattern is a little different. I found them in the Audubon Field Guide: they are the nymphs of large milkweed bugs, and they're feeding on milkweed. The color comes from toxic chemicals in the milkweed that they eat to purposefully give themselves a bitter flavor. Cheers, Ryan
Great shot, Ryan, but I feel sorry for the plant!
Thanks, May. I think the plant is okay! :-) See, the seed pods are open, so the seeds will blow away and plenty more will grow next year. Monarch butterflies eat this plant as well in their larval form, which in part gives them their orange color. Ryan
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