Subject: Milkweed bug?
Location: Altadena, CA
April 27, 2015 7:15 am
Hi there, I found these guys on a myrtle stem was wondering if they are milkweed assassin youngsters or something else? Thanks so much!
These are definitely not Assassin Bugs, which are predators. Assassin Bug nymphs soon disperse from one another shortly after hatching. Plant feeding species like Coreid Bugs, commonly called Leaf Footed Bugs or Big Legged Bugs, tend to stay near one another, feeding in groups. We will attempt a species identification, though we are guessing them to be in the genus Leptoglossus.