Monday, June 25, 2007

Milkweed Bugs On Indian Hemp

Oncopeltus fasciatus, dorsal view

In addition to Dogbane Beetle and Sehirus cinctus, a burrower bug, the Indian Hemp in the yard also plays host to the Milkweed Bugs, Oncopeltus fasciatus. They are big (~2 cm), colorful heteropterans, easy to raise up from "pups" on milkweed seeds. This has made them favorites among amateur naturalists, kids, and insect physiologists.

Oncopeltus fasciatus, ventral view

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