Milkweed Bugs

I found these red/orange and black colored insects gathered on some milkweed plants. In fact, they have established a large population on one plant to the point where some leaves are growing deformed and some leaves have been sucked dry of plant tissue. These insects are called the Milkweed Bug, and are more of a nuisance than a threat to the milkweed plant. They are commonly found in small groups on stems, leaves, and seed pods sucking the juices from plant tissue. Controlling these bugs can be tricky because you don't want to spray the Monarch larvae with harmful chemicals. So you can either live with the damage, squish the bugs, or spray with a low dose of insecticidal soap.

Pictured below is the Milkweed Bug life cycle.

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1 Response to "Milkweed Bugs"

  1. 43acdeb4-d299-11e1-b651-000f20980440 says:
    July 20, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Are they beneficial to a butterfly garden, or should I be getting rid of them?

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