In open ponderosa woodland near the headwaters of the East Verde River, Gila Co., Arizona, USA. 21 Aug. 2010. A pair of red and black Milkweed Bugs (Lygeaus kalmii) can be seen as well as a small geometrid moth.
FLOWERS: Bright white flowers are conspicuously five pointed and set in
umbels of a dozen or so flowers. A flurry of insects are often present to take
Asclepiadaceae -- Milkweed Family
Look for one or more kinds of milkweed bugs in addition to all the flower visitors. Ocassionally dense colonies of yellow aphids will be on emerging shoots and buds.
Arizona's Ponderosa Woodlands
The Flora of Arizona's Ponderosa Woodlands