Red bugs

Asked September 5, 2019, 5:47 PM EDT

Found the attached red bugs in our milkweed garden. Invasive species? Gather in cluster.

Daviess County Kentucky

2 Responses

I am not sure. I will find out for you from the photo. If you could bring a sample of the bugs in white distilled vinegar to the Daviess County Cooperative Extension Office, 4800A New Hartford Rd., Owensboro, KY on the Community College , then we could be sure of what you are seeing. Do they seem to be damaging the plant that they are on? Our phone number is 270-929-308.
Thank you and sorry for the delay.

Our specialists says that he believes this insect is Scantius aegyptius, More information can be found at :
Yes, this is an invasive species. The specialist would like to know the county and state where this was found. If you live in Kentucky, it would be good to take a sample to an Extension Office for positive identification. You can call me at the Daviess County Cooperative Extension Service for more information.