Advice for the Home Gardener from the Help Desk of the
UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County
Good Bug for Milkwood
Client Gardener from Mid-County: Hello Master Gardeners, can you tell me who this guy is, and whether he's a friend or foe? Thanks,
Client Gardener from Mid-County (Again): Actually, never mind, it's the nymph of a small milkweed bug, isn't it? Finally found it online - wasn't seeing at ﬁrst because they mostly have pictures of adults. Will continue to ignore them since they are harmless.
These bugs have few predators as they feed on toxic milkweed that makes them distasteful. Their red and black coloring also sends this same warning signal to predators.
Below are two links with additional information.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
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