Orange critters

Asked September 12, 2020, 4:02 PM EDT

What are these orange critters? Are they beneficials or baddies? Thank you Baltimore County

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

These are the nymph stage of milkweed bugs. A native bug, it does not do significant harm. However, if you are trying to collect seeds, its feeding can have a negative impact on seed formation.

Knocking them into soapy water is probably the easiest solution.

Here's more: https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/your-garden/help-for-the-home-gardener/adv...

Ellen