Same wildflower, similarly colored visitor, different type of insect
We’re still looking at Asclepias asperula, or antelope-horns milkweed. The colors visible on this visitor are similar to those of Oncopeltus fasciatus, the large milkweed bug that you’ve seen in the last two posts, but now we have a red admiral, Vanessa atalanta, a butterfly species that has been abundant this spring in central Texas.
Date: April 11. Location: TX 71 west of Austin.
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