As their name implies, Milkweed Bugs tend to lurk near
. They lay their
eggs in the seedpods, so put them in a sealed container if you bring a
pod in for seeds or you might find that you've brought in unexpected
These black and orange bugs are harmless to people as far as I know. I
find them a bit creepy to hold, but managed to get this one to stay put
long enough for a picture so you can see how big they are. It crawled
all over my hand trying to get away. They are easier to photograph when
they're busy with each other.
Milkweed Bugs are a great clue to help you identify an unfamiliar
Milkweed plant. I grew
in my yard and was unaware the Milkweed comes
The nymphs, or young Milkweed Bugs, look a little bit different. They
don't have their black and orange wings yet. You'll probably find them
hanging out together in little groups on the plant.
This Milkweed Bug without the black pattern on its wings has recently
molted from its last stage as a nymph and is a full grown bug. You can
see its shed, um, what do you call the covering a bug leaves behind when
it molts? That's behind the bug.