Black and gold bug
September 25, 2009
Found this bug on a milkweed seed pod in a flower garden. It was in September in late afternoon. It was slightly less than an inch long. Black and gold on top, red and black undersides.
Cathy & Carlos M
Kennett Square, PA
Dear Cathy and Carlos,
These are Large Milkweed Bugs, Oncopeltus fasciatus. The pale yellow specimen is freshly molted, and according to BugGuide: “their color becoming darker and more orangish with age.“
Thank you so much! I’ve never seen anything like it.
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