12.06.2014 There’s always one

Besides Monarch butterfly larva, milkweed is a hangout for a couple of other insects, including a variety of Milkweed Longhorn species, the larva of the Milkweed Tussock moth and Milkweed Bugs.   This image is of the bugs ( Oncopeltus fasciatus) sunning themselves and staying warm on a cool morning in early October.

Large-Milkweed-Bugs-sunning-100814-800WebOne just has to want to go in the opposite direction as all the others.  Along the right is a larva.

In case you are wondering about the Milkweed Longhorn clan, here is one shy and dewy  Tetraopes species.

Milkweed-Longhorn-070812-800FBThey drop at the hint of approach and, when picked up, sometimes give out with an audible squeak.

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About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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26 Responses to 12.06.2014 There’s always one

  1. Fascinating grouping of very colorful insects. Nice photo too.

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  2. Awww, he’s cute! Great eye… I guess I’ve never looked beyond the gross milkweed beetles to see if the longhorn was in residence.

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  3. Oh, I feel sorry for the cold one. Look at his face….

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  4. The second picture is a great textured closeup. You must’ve been thrilled to have all that dew to play with visually.

    By coincidence, on Thursday I saw two Oncopeltus fasciatus larvae on a milkweed vine pod.

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  5. Jim in IA says:

    I like those pictures. I have picked up the longhorn and held it up close to my ear. They squeak a lot. Pretty funny.

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  6. Your images are amazing, they are such a wonderful reminder of the truly awesome creatures that share our world.

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  7. Is that natural light on the first? If so … nicely done. D

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    • Positively natural, David. Low-angled early morning sun and a momentary lull in the breeze. I never carry a flash in the field preferring to use natural light. I do “cheat” occasionally and use a reflector. The flash comes out if I am shooting night flying moths in the backyard.

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  8. Just Rod says:

    I saw a group of these sunning themselves on the trunk of a scrub oak. They were all moving around.

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  9. Andrew says:

    I also utter an audible squeak when picked up, Steve. Nothing wrong with that.

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  10. shoreacres says:

    Yes, yes …. that first photo is nice. Great. But the second? That Milkweed Longhorn? That’s the best bug photo I’ve ever seen. They really squeak? I’ve got to find one, and pick it up. What a find!

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