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Large milkweed bug (shed exoskeletons)

Oncopeltus fasciatus

Description:

Shed exoskeletons found under a leaf with newly molted large milkweed bugs.

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7 Comments

KarenL
KarenL 11 years ago

Sounds like one for my Christmas list!

Latimeria
Latimeria 11 years ago

Pretty much the only shed skins of insects you can find pictures of online are cicada shells, since they're so easy to recognize. There is a very good book that was recently released however: Tracks and Signs of Insects by Noah Charney and Charley Eiseman, which covers some exoskeleton stuff, and pretty much any other sign an insect can leave behind!

KarenL
KarenL 11 years ago

Thanks for your help Latimeria, I'll make the changes now!
Interestingly I can't find a photo of anything similar online - I did a search on milkweed bug nymphs when I first made the spotting.

Latimeria
Latimeria 11 years ago

Yep, it sure looks that way. The shed exoskeletons tend to shrivel up, so they're not always recognizable, especially if you haven't seen any like it before. But if you see insects that are lightly colored like these ones, it usually indicates that they have just molted.

KarenL
KarenL 11 years ago

So these are actually the sheds then? The completely different shape had me fooled! That makes sense, I did know the bugs in photo 2 were large milkweed bugs!

Latimeria
Latimeria 11 years ago

You had the correct order, but not the family. These are two newly molted large milkweed bugs, in the family Lygaeidae.

KarenL
KarenL 11 years ago

I've still not had any luck identifying these - has anyone got any ideas?

KarenL
Spotted by
KarenL

Oak Hill, Tennessee, USA

Spotted on Sep 14, 2011
Submitted on Sep 28, 2011

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