Milkweed Bug

6227 I had a few of these small 1/4-inch orange-red and black bugs in my garden last year. It is the beginning of June and this year they seem to be hatching families. I have seen milkweed bugs around here, but they are much larger. Are they part of the same family? From Toronto Ontario

Number 6227 – These do resemble the nymphs of the large milkweed bug, Oncopeltus fasciatus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Lygaeidae). The adults look like this: Click here

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  1. B. McNamara says:

    Thank you for letting me know that these are Milkweed bugs.
    There is a few patches of Milkweed in the neighbourhood that we protect since they attract butterflies. I hope these bugs do not destroy them.

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