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05-AUG-2012 Christine Hanrahan

Eastern Box elder bug, left, and milkweed bug, right (Boisea trivittata, and Lygaeus kalmii)

There was a large concentration of box elder bugs, both adults as here, and nymphs in various stages, under a large Manitoba maple (also called box elder). The occasional small milkweed bug could be seen, probably having wandered over from the nearby big stand of common milkweed! Although they look very similar, the box elder bug belongs to the Scentless Plant Bugs (Rhopalidae), while the milkweed bug belongs to the Seed Bugs (Lygaeidae).

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Irene Wehrli23-Oct-2012 06:33
They are wonderful bugs with their black and red coloring - very well taken close up!
Esa Ervasti19-Sep-2012 17:17
Milkweed bug is obviously curious :)
Graeme08-Aug-2012 20:44
A superb close up of these two. There colours stand out against the leaves.BV
janescottcumming07-Aug-2012 23:29
The milkweed bug looks like he has a heart on his back. They do look alike! V
Karen Stuebing06-Aug-2012 22:08
These invaded my workplace last fall so I have seen these bugs. Not quite this close though. Super detail and they look a lot prettier up close. V.
Stephanie06-Aug-2012 21:23
Boxelders are pretty bugs but a real pain in the ass around my neck 'o the woods! V
Linda & Pär Johansson06-Aug-2012 19:43
Fantastic closeup and beautiful color!
J. Scott Coile06-Aug-2012 19:25
Fascinating together.
Colin Storey06-Aug-2012 18:40
Fantastic colours captured on these two. v
John Reynolds LRPS06-Aug-2012 17:38
Well captured and thanks for the information. V.
globalgadabout06-Aug-2012 13:55
there's a pretty pair, and what a lot of yellow leaves for August..V
Torben Jorgensen06-Aug-2012 13:04
Good looking bugs. Great find and shot. V
slhoornstra06-Aug-2012 12:54
Bright, wow! Great color in this composition! V
Ann Shapiro06-Aug-2012 12:45
Wonderful closeup on these bugs. I love learning about them from your photos! V
Carl Carbone06-Aug-2012 12:33
Beautiful focus on these two!
Jim Coffman06-Aug-2012 12:02
Very nice closeup of this colorful bug!
Pierre06-Aug-2012 11:28
Une très belle observation magnifiquement captée! V
MarcViskens06-Aug-2012 10:30
very nice
Yvonne06-Aug-2012 08:19
They are similar Christine... which one has the red eyes I wonder?
laine06-Aug-2012 07:50
A great shot of the bright guys, Christine
pascal06-Aug-2012 05:07
Magnifique photo, très colorée. Très belle prise.
Guest 06-Aug-2012 01:43
My goodness, so similar. Must be another example of mimicry in nature.
LynnH06-Aug-2012 01:38
Hmmm. I would think they are related by the looks. Excellent closeup. V
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