Stink Bug inside a milkweed seed pod

Asked September 13, 2017, 11:41 AM EDT

While picking seed pods from my milkweed plant (to take to a friend's cow pasture) I found an immature stink bug inside of the pod. The seeds inside were completely ruined. Do stink bugs eat the milkweed seed? Thanks,

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

Stinkbugs aren't usually known to bother milkweed seeds. It may be guilt by association. Milkweed bugs on the otherhand, absolutely use their sucking mouthparts on milkweed plants, including the seed pods, which can reduce or ruin seed production. They do this from the outside of the pod.
They bug you you saw on the inside may have just been finding shelter.