A Milkweed Bug is a Milkweed Bug is a Milkweed Bug?
Location:  Towsley Canyon State Park. Los Angeles County
September 12, 2010 9:57 pm
Hey there,
Found these guys all over the dry grass tonight on my hike through Towsley Canyon. My first guess is that it was a Milkweed Bug instar. Hard to tell the shape is more Pentatomid but not quite.
That and they were tiny maybe 3mm to 4mm.
Sorry for the flash sun had already dropped behind the hill.
Signature:  Chris Irons

Painted Bug

Dear Chris,
The African Painted Bug,
Bagrada hilaris, one of the Stink Bugs, was first reported in Los Angeles in 2008.  Since then it has spread rapidly.  It feeds upon plants in the cabbage family including the wild mustard you have photographed it upon.

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