A commission for an insect lover! Dogbane leaf beetles are specialists on dogbane plants. Dogbane is resistant to a lot of herbivory due to chemicals and the production of latex. To deter herbivores, dogbane plants expel a milky latex that dries and sticks to mouthparts of other insects. Dogbane beetles do not cut leaf veins prior to feeding like many herbivorous insects. They feed on the low-latex tissue of the distal part of leaves.* Females lay eggs mainly on the undersides of leaves, then cover the eggs with a shield to protect them. When the larvae emerge, they consume the shields, drop to the ground, and eat underground portions of the plants before they emerge the following year as adults. *From article by Merrell Peterson
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Rows of cute cartoon ants form a black and white repeating pattern. I drew these cartoon ants for my children's educational book Pony Alphabet. I really liked these cute little ants so I decided to try and use them in other ways. This repeating pattern has a trendy modern black and white look that kids and adults will love (well I hope you love it).
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