Saturday, May 28, 2011
Large Milkweed Bug Territory
This is the milkweed patch in the back garden in full flush, about one month ago and sure to be a magnet for a female Oncopeltus fasciatus looking for a place to lay eggs.
Sure enough, this aggregation of sub-adult large milkweed bugs is the result of that egg laying on the lush and edible (for a milkweed bug) plants. These bugs tend to hang out in dense groups, although the occasional individual will move away from the group.
The individuals in this group are one molt away from adulthood.