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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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June 13: Picture of the Day

June 13, 2010 at 07:43 PM

We plant milkweed for the monarchs. But those aren’t the only insects that come calling.

A nice milkweed plant, even swamp milkweed like the one pictured above, will usually host a few milkweed longhorn beetles. This pair appear to be taking a break from eating to enjoy each one another’s company.

The antennae of male milkweed longhorn beetles are almost the same length as their entire body.

These insects are common wherever milkweed is found. Adults eat the leaves and buds of milkweed while larvae bore into the stems.

Birds eat milkweed longhorn beetles.

These beetles also have fully divided compound eyes.

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