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Happenings in the insect world
by J.C. Lucier
on August 29, 2019 at 9:44 AM
No wonder my Monarch eggs and small larvae keep disappearing! Do you know if Lygaeus turcicus also feeds on Monarchs?  
Thanks for this much needed information.  
J.C. Lucier, Ontario Canada
by sdd
on August 16, 2020 at 2:47 PM
The bugs feed on the toxic milkweed, rendering them distasteful to predators. Their warning colors (red and black) also tell prospective predators "Leave me alone; I don't taste good. If you eat me, you'll be sorry." They sequester and store cardenolides (cardiac glycosides) from the milkweed.
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