Red bugs on butterfly weed

Asked August 20, 2015, 12:03 PM EDT

I planted several butterfly weeds in the hopes of providing a habitat for butterflies. Last week a couple of red bugs were on my plants. Now it looks like they had babies. What are they? What should I do? Will the plants still get butterflies? Thanks so much for any information you can provide!

Baltimore County Maryland flowers butterfly weed nymphs of milkweed

1 Response

Your photos were small and out of focus. However, it looks like the insects on the butterfly weed may be the nymphs of the milkweed bug. They only feed on milkweeds and are harmless. No control is necessary. Look at the attached link for photos http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/plant-bugs-flowers
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