Aggregation of Giant Milkweed Bugs

Subject: Is this a bee assassin?
Location: Tallahassee, FL
November 1, 2014 7:13 pm
Found a large group of these strange black/orange/yellow bugs with white spots on their backs. They are ranging in size from mickle to quarter. The large one in top right is around a quarter.
Please help.
Signature: Drew

Giant Milkweed Bugs
Giant Milkweed Bugs

Dear Drew,
This looks to us like an aggregation of Giant Milkweed Bugs,
Sephina gundlachii, which according to BugGuide is:  “Confined to climbing milkweed, Cynanchum scoparium.”  Do you have climbing milkweed planted nearby? 

Thank you for the quick response! Yes, there actually is some not too far from where this picture was taken. Great info.
I have lived in FL all my life and have never seen even one Milkweed Bug, so it comes as no surprise I had to find out what was going on in this case.
Thank you for your help. I will try and make a donation to your site next paycheck. Can’t promise it will be much, but I do appreciate what you all are doing.
Drew H.

Hi Drew,
Thanks for your kind intentions.

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