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Official Blog of the UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County
by Peggy Beltramo
on May 21, 2019 at 9:59 AM
As a Placer County Master Gardener, I needed to respond to this advice. The client commented that the bugs are harmless; yet your response indicates that they get protein by eating monarch eggs.  
This is definitely NOT beneficial for monarch butterflies, as they decimate the next generation if they consume the monarch eggs. Gardeners should keep this in mind, if they encounter lotus bugs on their milkweed.
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