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Milkweed Bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus) Party *The adult to the top right is lighter in color because it must have recently eclosed. There&#039;s also a fresh nymph near the bottom left.<br />
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Habitat: On milkweed; meadow<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123543/milkweed_bug_nymph_oncopeltus_fasciatus.html" title="Milkweed Bug Nymph (Oncopeltus fasciatus)"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3232/123543_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1672876810&Signature=xJTsw0PiShz9uh%2BQeMHaFLLm7Gk%3D" width="200" height="168" alt="Milkweed Bug Nymph (Oncopeltus fasciatus) Habitat: On milkweed; meadow<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123543/milkweed_bug_nymph_oncopeltus_fasciatus.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123544/milkweed_bugs_oncopeltus_fasciatus.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123546/milkweed_bug_oncopeltus_fasciatus_party.html<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123544/milkweed_bugs_oncopeltus_fasciatus.html" title="Milkweed Bugs (Oncopeltus fasciatus)"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3232/123544_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1672876810&Signature=dApk%2BGqeJhdOm0hD8Ct2cvHnvqw%3D" width="200" height="158" alt="Milkweed Bugs (Oncopeltus fasciatus) All four of these bugs are nymphs, just different instars.<br />
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Habitat: On milkweed; meadow<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123543/milkweed_bug_nymph_oncopeltus_fasciatus.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123544/milkweed_bugs_oncopeltus_fasciatus.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123546/milkweed_bug_oncopeltus_fasciatus_party.html<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123546/milkweed_bug_oncopeltus_fasciatus_party.html" title="Milkweed Bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus) Party"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3232/123546_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1672876810&Signature=9oy42AO7W6SnBI4kfYaQaO161r8%3D" width="116" height="152" alt="Milkweed Bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus) Party *The adult to the top right is lighter in color because it must have recently eclosed. There&#039;s also a fresh nymph near the bottom left.<br />
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Habitat: On milkweed; meadow<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123543/milkweed_bug_nymph_oncopeltus_fasciatus.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123544/milkweed_bugs_oncopeltus_fasciatus.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123546/milkweed_bug_oncopeltus_fasciatus_party.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123545/milkweed_bug_oncopeltus_fasciatus_party.html Fall,Geotagged,Large milkweed bug,Lygaeidae,Oncopeltus fasciatus,United States,bug,milkweed bug,oncopeltus" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123545/milkweed_bug_oncopeltus_fasciatus_party.html" title="Milkweed Bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus) Party"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3232/123545_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1672876810&Signature=o%2BImySsnRLh47PkMBSRxPWhY4BI%3D" width="200" height="156" alt="Milkweed Bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus) Party They looked like they might be playing &#039;King of the Mountain&#039;.<br />
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Habitat: On milkweed; meadow<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123543/milkweed_bug_nymph_oncopeltus_fasciatus.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123544/milkweed_bugs_oncopeltus_fasciatus.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123546/milkweed_bug_oncopeltus_fasciatus_party.html<br />
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Milkweed Bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus) Party

*The adult to the top right is lighter in color because it must have recently eclosed. There's also a fresh nymph near the bottom left.

Habitat: On milkweed; meadow

Milkweed Bug Nymph (Oncopeltus fasciatus) Habitat: On milkweed; meadow<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123543/milkweed_bug_nymph_oncopeltus_fasciatus.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123544/milkweed_bugs_oncopeltus_fasciatus.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123546/milkweed_bug_oncopeltus_fasciatus_party.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123545/milkweed_bug_oncopeltus_fasciatus_party.html Fall,Geotagged,Large milkweed bug,Oncopeltus fasciatus,United States,nymph

Milkweed Bugs (Oncopeltus fasciatus) All four of these bugs are nymphs, just different instars.<br />
<br />
Habitat: On milkweed; meadow<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123543/milkweed_bug_nymph_oncopeltus_fasciatus.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123544/milkweed_bugs_oncopeltus_fasciatus.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123546/milkweed_bug_oncopeltus_fasciatus_party.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123545/milkweed_bug_oncopeltus_fasciatus_party.html Fall,Geotagged,Large milkweed bug,Oncopeltus fasciatus,United States

Milkweed Bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus) Party *The adult to the top right is lighter in color because it must have recently eclosed. There's also a fresh nymph near the bottom left.<br />
<br />
Habitat: On milkweed; meadow<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123543/milkweed_bug_nymph_oncopeltus_fasciatus.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123544/milkweed_bugs_oncopeltus_fasciatus.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123546/milkweed_bug_oncopeltus_fasciatus_party.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123545/milkweed_bug_oncopeltus_fasciatus_party.html Fall,Geotagged,Large milkweed bug,Lygaeidae,Oncopeltus fasciatus,United States,bug,milkweed bug,oncopeltus

Milkweed Bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus) Party They looked like they might be playing 'King of the Mountain'.<br />
<br />
Habitat: On milkweed; meadow<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123543/milkweed_bug_nymph_oncopeltus_fasciatus.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123544/milkweed_bugs_oncopeltus_fasciatus.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123546/milkweed_bug_oncopeltus_fasciatus_party.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/123545/milkweed_bug_oncopeltus_fasciatus_party.html Fall,Geotagged,Large milkweed bug,Oncopeltus fasciatus,United States

    comments (6)

  1. Super cool, and the shots are very high quality. An unexpected discovery like this creates a nice little rush, right? Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks! Honestly, I find these bugs quite boring. They are extremely common and also, I spent many hours rearing them in grad school for experiments. But, they certainly are photogenic! Posted one year ago
  2. Red, black, yellow all assembled like a collage. Unusual shot. Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks William! Posted one year ago
  3. Wow!! Beautiful!
    Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks Rui :) Posted one year ago

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The milkweed bug, "Oncopeltus fasciatus", is a medium–sized hemipteran of the family Lygaeidae. It feeds mainly on grains, particularly those of the milkweed. Like all hemiptera, it feeds through a long mouthpart known as a rostrum. "O. fasciatus" is commonly used in science due to ease of rearing and ease of dissection.

Similar species: True Bugs
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Oct 25, 2021. Captured Oct 23, 2020 11:49 in 91 Main St, Sharon, CT 06069, USA.
  • Canon EOS 90D
  • f/5.6
  • 1/256s
  • ISO100
  • 100mm