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"Crown Princes"

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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-25 2:23
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To continue my theme on how insects live off this poisonous Crown Flower milkweed, I came across a rather heavily occupied plant in the open land I explored last Saturday at Gurgaon.
Today I am posting the picture of two Nymph Seed Bugs occupying one open Crown Flower each and having a good time of it. I saw other flowers with more than one Bug in each flower and shot them too.
Again, for the sake of giving a full view of these flowers, I have cropped the image with restraint. However, the bugs inside the flowers are also big enough to give you a clear impression of them.
Hope you like this effort.

Here is a note borrowed from bugguide.com:


Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
Phylum: Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class: Insecta (Insects)
Order: Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder: Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Family: Lygaeidae (Seed Bugs)
Genus: Lygaeus
Species: kalmii (Small Milkweed Bug)
Other Common Names:
Common Milkweed Bug
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes:
Lygaeus kalmii Stal
body length 10-12 mm


Adult: dark gray to black with broad orange or red band on forewing, forming an "X" shape that doesn't quite meet in the middle; head black with dull red spot on top, sometimes extending down onto face; pronotum with red transverse band, bordered anteriorly by two black spots, and posteriorly by two black semicircular lobes; membranous portion of forewing all black in eastern specimens.

In western specimens, the membranous portion of the forewing is black with large white spots and white posterior margin.

Nymph: abdomen all red in young nymphs, developing black spots with age; wingpads black, lengthening with age; pronotum red with two black diagonal markings


Much of United States and southern Canada
[And, of course, India too!]


Fields, meadows containing milkweed and other flowers


February-October (1); March-October (North Carolina)


Adults suck nectar from flowers of various herbaceous plants, and also feed on milkweed seeds. Also reported to be scavengers and predators, especially in spring when milkweed seeds are scarce.

Life Cycle

Eggs are laid on milkweed in spring. One or more generations per year. Adults overwinter.


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Hello Ram!
What a splendid composition! Two bugs and two flowers! Simply lovely! And my favourite element of this presentation :) I like also natural colours and light. And of course - as always - I found many interesting information in your note :)
All the best from Lodz my Friend!

Hola Ram,
Excelente composición de este chinche que nos muestras con todo lujo de detalles, excelente definición, luz y color. Interesante y completa nota. Un cordial saludo
José Ramón

Salut Ram
Trčs belle photo que ce bel insecte que je vois pour la premičre foisde ma vie.. Le cadrage est trčs beau avec une belle composition, les couleurs et les détails sont supers .
Merci et au revoir ....JP

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-25 3:18]

Hi RAm,
Magnificent capture.Looks like a cloned image.Vivid colors,sharpness,POV and composition are excellent.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-06-25 3:45]

Hi Ram,fantastic couple,never seen,and the flowers are if a increedible beauty,not easy to take so perfectly a pic like that,your work is impressive,thanks for the note too,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Ram

I have seen these bugs in eastern Australia too!
Great shot showing thes colourful chaps doing their thing on that beautiful species of milkweed.
Great composition and sharpness.


Congratulations for ths shot!
It's really nice and perfect.

Hello Ram Sir,
Ihis is an outstanding shot,wonderful composition and excellent focusing with perfect exposure,great lighting and sharpness with lovely colours,
very well done,

Hi Ram,

Its Nice colourfull macro picture. Good compo.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-25 6:06]

Hello Ram,
Superb composition showing this beautiful flower with two bright visitors very sharply in focus. Excellent details and wonderful colours. I like the way the flowes are almost encapsulating the bugs. Interesting note too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-06-25 6:12]

Hello Ram,
This is really a superb picture. This double nymph seed bugs on one crown flower each is just aesthetically great. The coulour-combinations are very special, the balance of the picture great and the subject somehow surprising.Bravo and thanks also for your touching words on mountains.
I understand what you feel so much

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-25 6:45]

Hello Ram,
A great macro of a couple of Milkweed Bug nymphs in the flowers of their host plant. The technical qualities are excellent as is the lighting and composition.
TFS this very attractive image,
Best wishes,

Several things strike me with your image Ram. first off and even in thumbnail it has a very well defined pattern to the whole frame. Sticks right out and says "Here I am". Then we have the intriguing combination of well focused colours. There is a slight and wonderful tonality change in the flower itself, with the insect being spot on sharp and well defined by its own colours which are not contrasting but complimentary. an overall well chose subject and as always you are never short on notations.

Hello Ram,
Other friends have told everything. I can say only that you have done it very very well. Perfect photo. Bravo my friend.


Hi Ram,
very good shot, funny in some ways, great POV and DOF, good composition, excellent details and colors.

Hello Ram,

Very good composition. Excellent POV, DOF and sharpness. Flowers and bugs are all in good focus. Splendid light and colours.

Dear Ram Sir,
It's great to know a teacher like you. You are holistic, irrespective of the subject you teach. "Eyes see, what brain knows" is an old dictum in medical science and I feel it's very much applicable to you! You are great in biology & ecosystem. You pick up any facet of our planetary assets & make us see so much within. I admire you & wish that you to be my governess & philosopher as ever on TN.
Sincere regards: Subhash
PS: I hail from a place which is known as Ayodhya; and you are Ram !

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-25 10:47]

Hello Ram,
This is really perfection in colours and composition. What a beautiful photo! Even the BG colours are wonderful. Sharpness and details are great.

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-06-25 12:48]

Hola Ram, muy bonito es el macro que compartes con nosotros, nitido, con buen color, un atractivo fondo y una luz adecuada. Un saludo

Splendida doppia cattura, eccellente taglio compositivo, ottima nitidezza, magnifici i colori e perfetta leggibilitŕ anche dei bianchi. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hello Ram, superb shot in all aspects. TFS. Regards,

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  • san Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 23] (166)
  • [2008-06-25 18:52]

Hello Ram Sir,
Your post of the "Crown princes" certainly adds a crown to your work. The bug on the top seems to be posing for the shot, while the one below appears to have hidden its head in shyness... doesn't it remind me of the "ghoonghat"?? :-)
Good job!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-26 4:53]

Hello Ram sir,
This is beauty and absolute beauty. you are lucky to have two in two.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-26 8:46]

What a brilliant photo, Ram!
The colours here is magnificent!
Excellent contrast, light and exposure.
Very good clarity and detail.

Well done,

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2008-06-28 1:43]

Hi Ram.

Magnific composition,very nice macro with excellent colors and sharpness.Good Note.


What a composition, Sir!
Simply superb in terms of colours, exposure and timing!

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-06-30 0:00]

Hello Sir,

wonderful capture of these two some. Compo, color, POV, and DOF are very good.



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