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Milkweed Bug Nymph

Oncopeltus fasciatus- Large Milkweed Bug Nymph.

. Nymphs and adults of this bug cluster on seed Pod heads of the Milkweed plant in late summer and fall.
Milkweed bugs insert a long slender beak into the ripening seeds within the developing pod. After injecting digestive enzymes into the seed, they suck liquefied food through the straw-like beak into their gut where nutrients will be used for growth, development, and reproduction. During her lifetime, the female milkweed bugs may lay up to 2000 eggs.