Identify an insect on asclepias (butterfly weed)

Asked January 14, 2016, 3:39 PM EST

Hi, I don't know what this insect is and if it is good or not. There were zillions of babies and it has very colorful markings.

Anne Arundel County Maryland milkweed bug insect id

1 Response

This is a type of milkweed bug, the Large Milkweed bug.
Here is a good page about them from the Missouri Botanical garden:
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/your-garden/help-for-the-home-gardener/advi...
We do not recommend using any chemicals on them, and would add that you can also put on gloves and squish some of the young to keep their numbers down.

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