Large Milkweed Bug

Black and gold bug
September 25, 2009
Found this bug on a milkweed seed pod in a flower garden. It was in September in late afternoon. It was slightly less than an inch long. Black and gold on top, red and black undersides.
Cathy & Carlos M
Kennett Square, PA

Large Milkweed Bugs
Large Milkweed Bugs

Dear Cathy and Carlos,
These are Large Milkweed Bugs, Oncopeltus fasciatus.  The pale yellow specimen is freshly molted, and according to BugGuide:  “
their color becoming darker and more orangish with age.

Thank you so much! I’ve never seen anything like it.
I love your web site! Whenever I run into something new and interesting, you always know what it is.

Cathy Matos

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