Milkweed bugs are NOT pests according to this article “ Lesser Milkweed Bugs (Lygaeus kalmii) and Large Milkweed Bugs (Oncopetus fasciatus), look very similar to each other. They are differentiated by size and the design on their backs.”
Charlie found these Milkweed Bugs on the milkweed as we walked around his neighborhood. Their coloring is a warning to predators, “don’t eat me!”
Such vibrant color you captured on those milkweed bugs –
Beautiful colors and textures. Isn’t milkweed the plant Monarch butterflies need for their long migration?
Yes it is.
Warning received! Are they related to the Knucklehead family? dc
I’ve never seen a Milkweed Bug before, beautiful bright coloring. Great photo.
Tell that to my garners
Have seen lots of milkweeds. Never knew about the bugs.
I’ve seen these bugs, too, and wondered about them. I am particularly fond of milkweeds.
Whenever hoards of animals appear, I get nervous – “pests” or not…