Subject: Would love to is this bug
Geographic location of the bug: Eastern panhandle of WV
Time: 11:06 AM EDT
This bug is in a large grouping in my raised bed which not has leaf litter and many dying zinnias. There is also parsley in the area.
How you want your letter signed: Sandra
These are immature Seed Bugs in the family Lygaeidae, and immature individuals can be difficult to identify conclusively. Was there any milkweed near where they were found? These look like Milkweed Bug nymphs to us, but we cannot state for certain if they are Small Milkweed Bug nymphs, Lygaeus kalmii, which are pictured on BugGuide, or Large Milkweed Bug nymphs, Oncopeltus fasciatus, which are also pictured on BugGuide.