Friday, July 06, 2007

More Milkweed


This is the first year that I noticed that milkweed blossoms give off an intoxicating fragrance. Perhaps it is that I have so many blooming at once. At any rate, they give off a spring-like aroma that reminds me of hyacinths. This bugger likes the milkweed blossoms, too.

It's a beetle that I don't recall seeing in the past. There are 4 or 5 of them crawling around my milkweed patch. Anybody have a clue?

3 comments:

Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

It looks like a Milkweed Beetle (surprise). If you Google "Milkweed Beetle," you'll find a lot of details.

Jeffery Hodges

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peter hoh said...

Doh!!! Thanks for the tip.

Mary Witzl said...

I am surprised to find that this is a milkweed beetle; I'd never heard of them!

In Japan, there are very similar beetles that are called kamikirimushi or hair-cutting bugs. If you give them a piece of hair, they can cut it! They are all different colors, but with those characteristic long horns, just like this one. Some are blue, some are black and white. All of them are beautiful.