Young Ladybugs or Something Harmful
Location: West Los Angeles
November 12, 2011 12:30 pm
Hi Bugman,
I’ve seen a couple groups of these small red bug on my milkweed bushes.
Are they Ladybugs or something else?
Thx, Jeff Bremer
Signature: Jeff Bremer

Large Milkweed Bug Nymphs

Hi Jeff,
These are the early instar nymphs of Large Milkweed Bugs.  They feed upon the juices of the milkweed seeds and pods.  They will not cause damage to the plant, but the number of viable seeds that are produced by the plant might be reduced.  This does not appear to be a native milkweed, so the lack of seed production is not something that should be considered a problem.  We would urge you to allow the Large Milkweed Bugs to share the plants with the butterflies you are trying to attract.  You can see BugGuide for a matching photo.

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