Further along our drive at another overlook, there was someone snoozing in a hammock strung between two sturdy-ish trees at one of the overlooks. A young lady was putting a few things back into their car nearby. Gregg pointed to the hammock, I laughed and she in turned smiled at me. I imagined they had been on a long journey and the driver was tired. Smart move, not only to bring the hammock along with them, but to get some rest before continuing on those winding, curvy roads I mentioned earlier.
I was happy to find hundreds of milkweeds on Big Meadows and other areas of Skyline Drive. On several of them I found the Milkweed Bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus). I found a fascinating article written by Ricki Lewis at this website, who says: "I was very pleased to read of the recent publication of its genome sequence (of the Milkweed Bug), an effort undertaken by 83 researchers working as 27 teams in 10 nations. The findings are reported in Genome Biology."
I like to research my photos and have known about the Milkweed Bug for several years, but this information was a little bit different to what I have read before. What is written at the link is most interesting. Its author writes that the milkweed bug gets its name because it eats the bitter seeds of the milkweed plant (