Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The bug of Milkweed

Hundreds of Milkweed Bugs are munching on milkweed plants now in Indiana. The bugs are really fascinating and easily collected and studied.

The Milkweed Bugs obtain the same bitter taste from the milkweed plant that makes Monarch Butterflies unpalatable to birds and other possible predators. They raise their young right on the plant, chowing all the while.

Up close Milkweed Bugs are really quite beautiful.  

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