Subject: Friend or Foe?
Geographic location of the bug: Southern California Foothills
Time: 12:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hopefully this is an easy one. I am asking you to help identify these little guys. I do not want to miss identity a bug who is helping our cherry tomato plant. These showed up after the plant was established for several months.
Thank you for your time!
How you want your letter signed: New guy
Dear New guy,
These sure look to us like immature Large Milkweed Bugs and we do not believe they will harm your tomato plants. Here is a BugGuide image for comparison. Is there any milkweed growing nearby? They are also sometimes found in association with oleander.