Milkweed Bug

Asked June 12, 2017, 3:19 PM EDT

Hello, Per attached photo, this red/orange bug appears on the milkweed leaves in my garden. What is it? Is it harmful to the plant?

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

Thank you for the question and photo. The insect looks like a red milkweed beetle Tetraopes tetrophthalmus. It will feed on the milkweed leaves and it's thought that by eating the white poisonous sap from the plant it makes itself poisonous to predators. Try knocking them into a bucket of soapy water if desired. Otherwise, just leave them alone.

Thank you for contacting Extension.