Milkweed Bug Walk

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Milkweed bugs are seen between April and early August. It was nice a surprise to see them during this time of year. They probably were confused by the abnormal warm weather of October. These bugs were only 1 cm long, a little smaller than the ones I saw in July.

This little guy was walking pretty fast on the Milkweed leaf.

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He got closer and closer to the vine:

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Within a few seconds, he was up on the vine:

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Milkweed bugs use milkweed as their primary source of food. After feeding on milkweed plant or seeds, the insects accumulate toxic glycosides in their bodies. This, combined with warning orange color, protects them against predators (aposematism). All milkweed bugs live up to 4 months. These bugs probably won’t be able to survive for long since almost all the pods have gone for the season.

The milkweed pod below (on the right) caught my eye. See how the dried pod curled up toward the vine after releasing all the seeds. Doesn’t it look like a little hanging basket to you? 

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This picture below may give you an idea of  the actually size of the dried milkweed pod, and you can imagine how tiny the bug is:

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Spiders have been very busy making designer webs 🙂   

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I didn’t see any flowers in the woods this time, but discovered a few beautiful web art works by spiders and a couple of delicate pod baskets. 🙂

Here is the POST I did during the peak time of the milkweed:

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 Jo is taking us to the Easby Abbey this week… What a grand walk, thank you so much, Jo! 

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Have a great week 🙂 

 

 

 

44 thoughts on “Milkweed Bug Walk

  1. What a cute little bug, Amy! I admire his energy climbing up there. The weather has been strangely warm and I managed to get stung by a wasp at the weekend so I’m a little ‘off’ bugs. I’ll make an exception for this one, though. Thank you for joining in again, and with such beautiful photography. 🙂

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      • Hi Amy yes I have been busy with work -new requirement to attend special events on nights and weekends. It is already busy and that eats away precious hours. I have been sick twice since summer and taken a long time to recover which also hasn’t allowed me to be on as much as I’d like. I do my best to post, but don’t always get time to visit. 😦

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  2. Oh Amy – I enjoyed this post – and your macro images are wonderful – clear and colorful – and love the texture. I also enjoyed the creative take on this walk – so nice for October too…. 🙂

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  3. A liitle bug that took such a Big Size through your wondrous photos dearest Amy ! It was a different walk on this Monday and the beautiful macro photos made it so very special ! Each photo narrated a captivating story and the course of the bug impressively revealed the harmony that exists in nature ! Loved how the pod unfolded and created the charming baskets ! You haVe a great eye for beauty and details !!! Hugs and kisses my sweet friend 🙂 ❤

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    • Thank you for letting me share the small walk with you, Doda dear. These bugs and the milkweed are important for our butterflies. Seeing them in October is unusual. 🙂 My eyes can spot beauty better in the woods than anywhere else. 🙂 ❤

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