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Small eastern milkweed bug

Lygaeus kalmii


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.


Meadows and fields.


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

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Illinois, USA

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

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