what are these bugs?

Asked August 24, 2016, 6:09 PM EDT

these bugs are on my asclepias. see pod for size. they look like lightening bugs in size but i havent seen them fly. earlier this summer i noticed eggs & adults. eggs were little round yellow balls in a cluster. i put them in my yard waste container & later adults crawled out. these seem to be adults & babies(?) -little & round but w/ legs, same color as the adults. they dont seem to be doing any damage - leaving that to the japanese beetles!

Frederick County Maryland

1 Response

These are milkweed bugs. Very interesting insects. These sucking insects are natives that probably don't ultimately do much damage. However, because they aggregate on plants or pods, they are easy to manually brush off by hand or with a soft brush into a container of soapy water to kill the excess.
Here's some good info about them: http://www.uky.edu/Ag/CritterFiles/casefile/insects/bugs/seedbug/seedbug.htm