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Large Milkweed Bugs by Gary L   Suddath


Small (23.2" x 15.5")

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These 2 mating bugs are the Large Milkweed Bug, Oncopeltus fasciatus, they are true bugs. Beetles, moths, flies, and butterflies are not. Bugs have the usual complement of structures that they share with just about all other insects: six legs, three body parts (head, thorax, and abdomen), and two antennae. True bugs (order Hemiptera) do not have mouths for biting and chewing food—they have a tubelike beak for sucking fluids. The milkweed bug in nature sucks nutrients from milkweed seeds.

Milkweed bugs are one of a small group of insects that have the ability to tolerate the toxic compounds in the milkweed plant. They are therefore important in regulating populations of this plant.

This type of milkweed shown here is the Butterfly Weed, asclepias fuberosa more will be said of it on another shot


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  • Madeline M  Allen
    Madeline M Allenabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful work Gary my friend !!! Way to go !!!

  • Glenna Walker
    Glenna Walkerabout 6 years ago

    This milkweed plant is pretty than any I’ve ever seen. Never seen milkweeg bugs either, they sure are colorful. Nice shot Gary.

  • Curtiss Simpson
    Curtiss Simpsonabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful close up !

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful macro and very nice colors!

  • margotk
    margotkabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful macro with stunning colours!

  • Mar Silva
    Mar Silvaabout 6 years ago

    How pretty! Sorry I missed this one!

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