A photographic journal exploring the smaller--and often overlooked!--natural wonders encountered "off the beaten path" at the Virginia Living Museum. New entries posted every two weeks.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Orange and Black 2013
In the spirit of Halloween, here's a bit of "orange and black"....two kinds of insects that hang out on milkweed leaves. You might already be familiar with milkweed bugs. Their black and orange colors serve as warning colors to other animals--letting them know that they will taste bad if eaten:
Another orange and black insect is the milkweed leaf beetle--also with warning colors and tasting bad to predators. This beetle was spotted by Jim Drummond and Judy Molnar. I put the beetle on my index finger to shows its size--as Judy puts it: "It looks like a ladybug on steroids!"