Milkweed with large milkweed bug nymphs

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©junebug on October 11, 2007

Nice photo, Ryan. Do you know the name of these bugs? They look a little like this one. Cheers, Anne

Ryan Calhoun on October 11, 2007

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

Margrit M. Berger (S… on October 11, 2007

Great shot, Ryan, but I feel sorry for the plant!


Ryan Calhoun on October 12, 2007

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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Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 11, 2007
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Ryan Calhoun
    • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
    • Taken on 2007/09/29 15:56:39
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash