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Old 08-08-2009, 02:31 PM   #31
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They look like some sort of aphids. Which reminds me I better finish outside. I'm doing my yearly rinsing off my houseplants with the hose thing. Buggy ones are left out to either live or die trying...............
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Old 08-08-2009, 06:41 PM   #32
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Midwesternerr, cool photo! Do you know what they are?

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Old 08-08-2009, 11:18 PM   #33
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I don't have an insect field guide. I think they are the nymph stage of the milkweed bugs that you see on common milkweed plants, at least they look similar to the adults with less markings to me.
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They look about right, but I don't really know for sure. Were they on a milkweed?

These are boxelder bugs hatching on a winterberry holly (mid-June). They were all over the place this spring, haven't seen any lately. There were dozens on different shrubs but they didn't seem to eat anything.
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yep they are only on milkweed plants
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A glob of milkweed bugs
These could very well be nymphs of the large milkweed bug, Oncopeltus fasciatus - see Milkweed Bugs - Gary Valle's Photography on the Run
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Old 08-09-2009, 11:28 PM   #37
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I don't have an insect field guide. I think they are the nymph stage of the milkweed bugs that you see on common milkweed plants, at least they look similar to the adults with less markings to me.
Looks like a good ID to me. I've never seen them at that early stage and they look quite a bit different in the adult and later nymph stages, see some older ones in this photo of mine.
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Think they could be Lygaeus kalmii?
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So ugly....................... I want to squash them
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So ugly....................... I want to squash them
Now, now, they have their place in nature, and are native insects. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Japanese Beetles, on the other hand..............

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