07.05.2021 Macro Monday

Small Milkweed Bug-Lygaeus kalmi.

These colorful bugs feed on milkweed seeds and flower nectar, but can also be predacious eating honey bees and monarch caterpillars and others. as well as scavenging.

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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22 Responses to 07.05.2021 Macro Monday

  1. Now that’s more like what we see here, the large milkweed bug, Oncopeltus fasciatus.

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  2. Peter Klopp says:

    The milkweed bug may be small but it is very beautiful.

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Hmmm, didn’t know that they prey on monarchs… I guess I’m creating a nursery again this year. My stand of milkweed is huge, but the scent of their flowers is so intoxicating!

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    • I wasn’t aware of that either, Eliza. I’ve only seen them at flowers eating I don’t think they are major predators of them. nectar Our collection of milkweed plants is spread out along the driveway, in front of the house, and this year in the vegetable garden. They are pretty much passed now so not much scent left. Yankee Candle should have milkweed scented candles.

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  4. Gallivanta says:

    Very attractive, especially the black heart shape on the back.

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  5. Beautiful detailed macro, Steve!

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  6. shoreacres says:

    I like the texture of the leaf as much as the beautifully patterned bug. It’s fun to see how many of the milkweed-related insects have coloring similar to the monarchs. Mimicry is an interesting thing.

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  7. Very Nice Steve! At one of the parks near me they are abundant in the fields.They are interesting to photograph!

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  8. bluebrightly says:

    Nicely done! I used to enjoy seeing these on milkweed plants, even on Staten Island! 😉

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