False milkweed bugs

Posted by Tom Whelan on Tue Aug 09, 2022 8:25 pm

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In a patch of sunflowers, I found a number of these amorous bugs. My first thought was "what are all these small milkweed bugs doing on sunflowers?" It turns out they are another species, false milkweed bug (Lygaeus turcicus), commonly found on the flower, false sunflower (probably Heliopsis helianthoides).

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by david fletcher on Wed Aug 10, 2022 1:44 am
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Excellent capture Tom! Thanks for the info!
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by Cynthia Crawford on Wed Aug 10, 2022 4:38 am
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Very colorful..and informative!
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by Carol Clarke on Wed Aug 10, 2022 5:32 am
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Well spotted and taken, Tom! I always think its rather sad that bugs can't gaze into each other's eyes when feeling amorous..............

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by Darren5907 on Fri Aug 26, 2022 11:18 am
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hi Tom,
love these amorous pairs. Nice standout colours too.

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