Lygaeus kalmii - common milkweed bug
Washoe County, Nevada, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

Lygaeus kalmii are common insects found throughout North America. They are often associated with milkweed.

USA, NV, Washoe Co.: 5 km S Nixon, 39º48'N 119º21'W, 1185m
Riparian Populus forest, farm field edge. Ex Asclepias sp.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.