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280 days of Urbpandemonium #190

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This lupine bug Megalotomus quinquespinosus* is trying to trick me by sitting on a milkweed plant, instead of any legume. Normally this bug sticks its beaklike mouth into the seeds of lupines, soybeans, and others. Thinking back on it, the only conspicuous legumes around were honey locust trees. Sources also list sumac (a non-legume) as a host plant, and there is plenty of that in the highly-disturbed, partially paved area where I found this bug.

Apparently this plant eating bug benefits from its passing resemblance to the predatory assassin bugs. I presume that the distinctive white band on its antennae signals this misapprehension.

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*Best as I can tell, Megalotomus means "big section" referring to the broad head of this insect; Quinquespinosus means "5 spines."

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darkest_diary
Oct. 17th, 2015 06:20 pm (UTC)
Wow, you take really good bug pictures. They always come out blurry for me.

A mutual friend mentioned you in passing, I thought I would come over and check out your journal. I like your idea of a new species everyday! :)

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urbpan
Oct. 17th, 2015 06:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I have a couple cameras, neither one is very good, but one of them allows me to get very very close. I usually shoot as many with that camera as I can until the bug gets scared and leaves.

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