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Subject: Bright orange bug
Location: Tempe, Arizona
October 10, 2015 5:01 pm
So this outside near the pool
Signature: Alison

Mating Small Milkweed Bugs

Mating Small Milkweed Bugs

Dear Alison,
These are mating Small Milkweed Bugs,
Lygaeus kalmii, a species that will not do any harm to your garden, though they may reduce the number of milkweed plants that sprout from seeds.  According to BugGuide citing The Life of a Californian Population of the Facultative Milkweed Bug Lygaeus kalmii:  “Adults suck nectar from flowers of various herbaceous plants, and also feed on milkweed seeds(?). Also reported to be scavengers and predators, especially in spring when milkweed seeds are scarce. They have been reported feeding on honey bees, monarch caterpillars and pupae, and dogbane beetles, among others.”

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Tempe, Arizona

3 Responses to Mating Small Milkweed Bugs

  1. Bev Clark says:

    Would it be possible to provide me with an online, extension type source that confirms that the…
    “Adults (small milkweed bugs) suck nectar from flowers of various herbaceous plants, and also feed on milkweed seeds(?). Also reported to be scavengers and predators, especially in spring when milkweed seeds are scarce. They have been reported feeding on honey bees, monarch caterpillars and pupae, and dogbane beetles, among others.” I need a research based source> Your help is appreciated!

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