10.06.2020-2 Nursery Pod

Let me start by saying that I finally was able to use the Classic Editor.  Now I just hope it is always available.

I went to Mount Pollux this morning to photograph the Holyoke Range in fog. But I also saw some milkweed with nice seed floss and one pod in particular that, although not flossy, was interesting.

Large Milkweed Bug nymphs-  Oncopeltus fasciatus emerging and dining on milkweed seeds. The mother lays her eggs in the pod and when they hatch, dinner is served…the milkweed sap. Like some other insects, the young hatch looking very much like the adults and go through instar stages until fully mature.

Adults making more nymphs earlier this summer.


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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24 Responses to 10.06.2020-2 Nursery Pod

  1. Remarkable. I had nary a clue.

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  2. In the first picture I imagined aliens at a flying saucer.
    We have the same species of milkweed bug in Austin.

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  3. WordPress has switched me to the new format. Luckily, I had my IT crew (kids) with me when they did it.

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  4. shoreacres says:

    I once found a green milkweed pod covered with this same insect — and every generation was present. It was a party on the pod, believe me.

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  5. Fascinating, Steve. I have never witnessed this, but will keep an eye out for this kind of nursery.

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  6. krikitarts says:

    WP switched me to the default Block Editor today, to my dismay. I am learning to work around it, though, and will continue to use the Classic as long as I am able. They should, at the very least, provide a detailed tutorial on how to use the new platform before imposing it on us. But apart from that, I applaud the other Steve’s comparison with a flying saucer–that was one of my first thoughts.

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  7. Ann Mackay says:

    What a convenient nursery! (But it does indeed look like an alien invasion!)

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  8. bluebrightly says:

    I know it’s silly, but my reaction is “Ew!” when I see the nymphs, and “Cool!” when I see the adults. Kind of the opposite of lots of other species I guess, humans included, at least sometimes. 😉

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    • Some nymphs are a little unattractive to us…their mom thinks they are beautiful although in most cases mom never sees her offspring. In this cases they fairly resemble an adult. Yeah we start out cute as a button but that doesn’t last for most of us. 🙂

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