Named After its Food

How would you like to be named after your favorite food?

Ms. Chocolate Eclair? Mr. Potato Chip? Mrs. Pimento Cheese?

Well someone named these bugs after their food, Large Milkweed Bug.

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Its Latin name is not much better, Oncopeltus fasciatus. That sounds like a disease!

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I found these on my Butterfly weed which is in the Milkweed family.

Here is an adult on a seed pod.

These nymphs do not have wings yet.

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They are the same color as the Asclepias blooms.

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Is this camouflage? I doubt it.

You are what you eat. These are toxic due to the milk weed seeds that they ingest.

They don’t need to hide.

Flower (Ms. Mongolian Beef)

 

6 thoughts on “Named After its Food

  1. I always have a lot of these bugs on my milkweed each year. I honestly do not know what they are good for. The Monarch caterpillar needs to eat this plant – not the milkweed bug. Enjoyed your post and your photos. The name Oneopeltus – makes me think of octopus. Ha

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