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Jun 03, 2019 10:11 |  #1936

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Nice shots, pcs. It looks like the ladybug is flying.


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Jun 03, 2019 10:12 |  #1937

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This Crab Spider is one of the largest I've ever seen. Even though it's not blending in very well on the Lavender it seems to be pretty successful.

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Jun 03, 2019 14:06 |  #1938

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Thank you, Archi. I appreciate the info on these bugs. I was not aware of the fact that they are not beetles, but rather true bugs.

Mike, there are a couple of different kinds of red and black insects that are commonly found on milkweed. They look similar but are from different insect orders. Note the face and form of the wings.

Milkweed bug, Oncopeltus fasciatus (I think yours might be Oncopeltus sexmaculatus), order Hemiptera (true bugs).


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Milkweed beetle, Tetraopes spp, order Coleoptera (beetles).


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This could be a case of parallel evolution. Milkweed contains a toxin. Some critters (like cows) get sick when they eat milkweed. But lots of bugs have developed a tolerance for the toxin. This includes the Monarch butterfly, and also these red and black insects. These bugs apparently themselves become toxic from the toxin they eat. They have evolved to have these bright colors to warn off potential predators.

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Jun 03, 2019 17:35 |  #1939

Archibald wrote in post #18872013 (external link)
Mike, there are a couple of different kinds of red and black insects that are commonly found on milkweed. They look similar but are from different insect orders. Note the face and form of the wings.

Milkweed bug, Oncopeltus fasciatus (I think yours might be Oncopeltus sexmaculatus), order Hemiptera (true bugs).

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This could be a case of parallel evolution. Milkweed contains a toxin. Some critters (like cows) get sick when they eat milkweed. But lots of bugs have developed a tolerance for the toxin. This includes the Monarch butterfly, and also these red and black insects. These bugs apparently themselves become toxic from the toxin they eat. They have evolved to have these bright colors to warn off potential predators.

I'm getting quite an education here, Archi. Thank you very much for taking the time to explain this. The insect world is fascinating...so much to learn.


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Jun 03, 2019 18:45 |  #1940

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Neat. The first is really nice IMO.


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Jun 05, 2019 14:36 |  #1944

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Neat. The first is really nice IMO.

Thank you, I really liked the colours in that one.




  
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Jun 05, 2019 21:54 |  #1945

Igor.............


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Jun 05, 2019 23:50 |  #1946

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Jun 06, 2019 00:23 |  #1947

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That is quite the amazing macro. I'm not sure what kind of bug it is.


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