Sunday, July 26, 2009

Milkweed bugs feed on milkweed and their young feed on the seeds of World Peace Wetland Prairie

Please click on image to ENLARGE view of insects using Asclepias hirtella, a narrow-leaved, alternate-leaved tall-green milkweed. The Oncopeltus fasciatus, also known as the large milkweed bug, in the top photo raises its young on the milkweed plant and the growing bugs feast on the seeds in the milkweed pod. The "walking stick" in the second and third photos of an Asclepias hirtella on World Peace Wetland Prairie is less frequently found on a milkweed plant.

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