Crescent Milkvetch with bug, City of Rocks State Park, Faywood NM, March 31, 2015

Crescent Milkvetch with Bug

City of Rocks State Park, Faywood NM

March 31, 2015

Crescent Milkvetch With Bug

Bugs and bees are fond of these flowers.

Crescent Milkvetch - Astragalus Amphioxys

The pinnately compound leaves provide one means of distinguishing astragalus amphioxys from the many other similar species in this genus; they are small, grey-green, covered in short silky hairs that lie flat against the surface, and grow in opposite, upwards-angled pairs along an arching stalk. Another identifying feature is the seed pod, which is (usually) arched to form a semi-circle and has its lower seam at the base of a groove rather than a protruding ridge. Pods have a mottled appearance; patches of red on a greenish-yellow background. Flowers are about an inch in length, open towards the end, tubular lower down, with the outsides also noticeably hairy. The upper banner petal is curved backwards, but not as strongly as for some other species.

See: The American Southwest

Unidentified Bug

Anyone know what the bug is?