Sunday, August 6, 2017
Some Faunal Wanderings
(12:10 p.m.) When wandering through a large patch of milkweeds, it would be easy to overlook any insect presence unless specifically looking for them. The above photo, for instance, is taken from around 12" away from the bug after I barely spotted the bug from around 6 feet away. And I was consciously searching for bugs. I pestered this one a little so I could get a better view and identify it (below). Turns out it is the Small Milkweed Bug, Lygaeus kalmii. I include the technical name here only because the so-called common name seems so common it might have been made up by a little kid and not be a name you'd find in a field guide for adults. After seeing one of these, I began seriously looking for others, hoping to find a mating pair. No such luck this time, but you may find other photos of this bug in my past posts.