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Small eastern milkweed bug

Lygaeus kalmii

Description:

Black with red spot on top of head and red band across prothorax. Forewings have red X shaped mark on thickened part and gray or white spots on black membranous part.

Habitat:

Meadows and fields.

Notes:

This insect is immune to toxic chemicals in milkweed but is itself toxic to other insect predators.

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Spotted on Aug 12, 2012
Submitted on Aug 14, 2012

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