I don't have my wings yet.

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Jean Gregory  Evans

Franklin, North Carolina, United States

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  • 1 inch wide super strong cotton shoulder strap (14 inch length)
  • Soft yet hard wearing 100% spun Polyester Poplin fabric
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I don’t have my wings yet
by Jean Gregory Evans

I don’t have my wings yet
but one day I will, YouBet!
Now they are forming in my vest
In my exoskeleton I am dressed
I wear bright orange
Sometimes I take a plunge

Over here on this plant
I find no food but saw an ant
Maybe if I stare at HER
she’ll lift me to the flower
That is orange and nearby
Oh, she’s going to comply!

I fell off the Scarlet Milkweed
Where my family can feed
On a summer-long picnic
On the plant that I mimic
I’ll stay all summer
’Til my wings flutter!

Photo taken in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, USA in my back yard near Franklin.

More photos of these bugs of summer 2008, click here

Watching this bug, Large Milkweed Bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus), during the summer of 2008 was a so very interesting. The first bright orange bug that I saw was alone on a green leaf of a Butterfly Weed that was beginning to open its blooms. The next day I saw a few more orange bugs. Daily the numbers grew and I was enthralled. The bugs (Large Milkweed Bug – Oncopeltus fasciatus) are slow moving and don’t fly until they get their wings … then they leave, just disappear.

They shed their exoskeletons (molt) 5 times before they get their wings. They are not frightening because they do not scurry. They don’t bite or bother anyone. They feed on the Butterfly Weed (Asclepias curassavica) and leave it a bit drained but unharmed. The plant returns the next year as if nothing has happened to it.

The bugs did not return to the same plants the next year, and I haven’t seen them since. Drat. :(

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