orange insects on butterfly flower - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by ruthk
September 11, 2010
I have butterfly flower (weed) in my garden and I notice on the seed pods these orange insects that have black spots on their back and stripes on their front section of their bodies. Any idea what they are and are they harmful?


Answer from NGA
September 11, 2010
Without seeing the insects I can only venture an educated guess - they sound like orange milkweed bugs and they will actually feed on the seeds within the pods. You can handpick them or hose them off with a strong spray of water. I'd be careful about using any chemicals on the butterfly weed because butterfly larvae will feed on the foliage and you wouldn't want to make them sick! Best wishes with your garden.

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