|Information sur la photo|
|Copyright: Martin Trimmer (Martrim)
|Date de prise de vue: 2004-10-13|
|Appareil photographique: Nikon D70, Tamron 28-300XR|
|Exposition: f/5.6, 1/1250 secondes|
|Versions: version originale|
|Date de soumission: 2004-10-26 20:48|
|[Ligne directrice - Note] Note du photographe|
|I stand corrected on the information I gave earlier about this photo. Following good advice, I did a little more research, and came up with the following information. After all, what good is a lengthy bit of information if it’s inaccurate? The feedback at TrekNature regarding the contents of our photos is, to me, at least as important as the feedback pertaining to the technical aspects of the photo-taking itself. Thanks again for all your continued help. Now, here’s the updated info which I hope is accurate this time:|
These are the Large Milkweed Bug… Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Arthropoda, Superclass Hexapoda, Class Insecta, Order Hemiptera, Family Lygaeidae, Genus Oncopeltus, Species fasciatus
Nymphs (different stages)
Milkweed bugs have incomplete metamorphosis. The nymphs (immatures) look like the adults except that they do not have full wings and their color pattern is different. Black wing pads appear early in their development. Nymphs have bright red abdomens. Milkweed bugs usually molt 5 times. They have 5 nymphal instars (stages) before becoming an adult. Eggs take about 1 week to hatch and a month to become adults at room temperature.
Development of milkweed bug is: emergence - (1st instar) - first molt - (2nd instar) - second molt - (3rd instar) - third molt - (4th instar) - 4th molt - (5th instar) - 5th molt (adult). Based upon this information, I’d say these represent the second molt of this bug.
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