Milkweed seed pods (covered by two types of insects)

The following gallery shows milkweed seed pods, probably Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), spotted during photowalks through Huntley Meadows Park on 30 September- and 01 October 2013. Two types of insects are feeding on the milkweed: the  reddish-colored insects are Large Milkweed Bug nymphs (Oncopeltus fasciatus) eating the seeds; the yellow ones are Oleander Aphids (Aphis nerii) sucking plant juices.

Thanks to the following members of the BugGuide group on Facebook for their kind help in identifying the two insects and for providing interesting information about both insects: Sharon Magner; Arleigh Birchler; “SueandJohn KestrelHaven”; Joshua Stuart Rose; Betsy Betros; Ridlon Skip Kip Kiphart; and Ron Melder.

Copyright © 2014 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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One Response to “Milkweed seed pods (covered by two types of insects)”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Bugs going wild–it’s always interesting to see two species in such close proximity to each other (and in such numbers!).

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