What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

On today’s hike we spotted a Small Milkweed Bug, Lygaeus kalmii, on the Anise when we were monitering the growth of the three caterpillars we saw yesterday. We brought the bug home and pulled out the digital camera with newly recharged batteries. Hogue write: “The Small Milkweed Bug is occasionally seen around the home garden where it has strayed from nearby milkweed. Although it may feed on other plants, especially those of the family Asteracea (sunflower, asters, and ragweeds), it normally feeds on the pods, stems and seeds of the milkweed. As this plant seems to be declining locally (Ed. note: in Los Angeles) in the face of human progress, the insect will not doubt become increasingly rare.”

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

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