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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Aug 17, 2016 5:04 AM CST
Found on many pods of my Butterfly weed this morning. I sure hope they are beneficial!


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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Aug 17, 2016 5:18 AM CST
I found the answer. Large milkweed bug, Oncopeltus fasciatus. They are plant specific. And since my asclepias has started to over run my lawn and gardens I will consider them beneficial.
Name: Sue
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sooby
Aug 17, 2016 5:23 AM CST
They are milkweed bug nymphs. There is s large milkweed bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus) and a small milkweed bug (Lygaeus kalmii).

Large:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/209226

Small:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/767172

I'm thinking yours might be the large but they're similar.

Cross-posted.

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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Aug 17, 2016 5:34 AM CST
Thank you Sue!
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Aug 17, 2016 5:42 AM CST
I tip my hat to you. The adults also sometimes like to hang out on daylilies and some people have thought they might do some damage but that is not certain:

http://www.daylilies.org/ahs_dictionary/milkweed_bugs.html
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Aug 17, 2016 1:49 PM CST
The thread "nasty milkweed bugs..." in Pests and Diseases forum

Just posted...

We were having a discussion about how difficult getting milkweeds to grow was for us... down here in the south:
The thread "Milkweed and Monarchs (is this a young monarch)?" in Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum

a bug that devours the few seed our plants actually produce... is just what we don't need.

Kill the nasty things... get a pan with a couple inches of water in the bottom...
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Aug 17, 2016 4:22 PM CST
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They are hardly going to make a dent in my seedpod production . This is just one plant and they were only on about five of the pods. I'm sorry you have trouble growing them down there. But I preferred to live and let live In this case
Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Aug 17, 2016 5:04 PM CST
Beautiful plants, jvdubb! Good for you for allowing nature to take its course. Thumbs up All is well in 48036 MI Hurray!
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