MILKWEED BUG,( Oncopeltus fasciatus)

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MINIMALLY HARMFUL TO PLANT

Adults can range from 10–18 mm in length and have a red/orange and black X-shaped pattern on their wings underneath the triangle that is typical to hemipterans.[5] This feature makes the bug easily seen, acting as a aposematic warning to predators of distastefulness. O. fasciatus exhibits müllerian mimicry and is noxious to predators. The ventral side of the fourth abdominal segment bears a black band in the male and two black spots in the female. Juveniles are born mostly red with black antennae and a few black spots, throughout growth the black spots are developed as well as wing pads. Eggs of this insect are bright orange and easily detectable.

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SEED POD SUCKERS

These little guys won't kill your milkweed or harm monarch caterpillars/eggs, but too many could reduce seed harvest because they feed on milkweed seeds.

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MILKWEED BUG EGGS

removing eggs will reduce the number of milkweed bugs if seed production is your main objective.

Please don't use chemicals!