Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Milkweed Bug Nymphs
This is the second time I've seen these bugs. The first time was way back in my first year of blogging. I was just beginning to find my blogging style and I was just beginning to learn about nature. Back then I still almost never got comments here. That part took a very long time.
If you'd like to see that post you can click here. Go ahead, the post is full of information about these little critters. I'll leave the technical stuff for that one.
These pods are just about a little longer than the width of an adult man's hand. I love milkweed plants because of these pods. Eventually the outer husk will break open and release a whole bunch of fluff that will fly into the air to distribute their attached seeds all over the area.
But that's not going to happen with this particular plant because these bugs will devour the pods, and especially the seeds. They love the taste of the seeds. That blood red color of these bugs is kind of scary looking up close. Creepy little critters!
I have read that milkweed pods were the inspiration behind the pod people in the movie Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. That would give a whole new perspective to these plants if that's true. I wonder where these nasty looking little bugs come in then.
I'm glad I looked in the folder of my pictures from this day. I forgot about these blood red milkweed bug nymphs. I hope you found them as interesting as I do. See ya next time!
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