Bugs and critters found on milkweed

What is this bug on my milkweed?” Here are a great number these critters that have been found on milkweed.

Monarch butterfly caterpillar Danaus plexippus

Monarch butterfly caterpillar
Danaus plexippus

Queen butterfly caterpillar Danaus gilippus

Queen butterfly caterpillar
Danaus gilippus

Milkweed aphids - Aphis nerii

Milkweed aphids
Aphis nerii

Ladybug eggs (yellow to light orange)

Ladybug eggs (yellow to light orange)

Milkweed beetle eggs on top Ladybug eggs on bottom Photo by Nancy Denmark

Milkweed beetle eggs on top
Ladybug eggs on bottom
Photo by Nancy Denmark

Swamp-Milkweed-Leaf-Beetle-eggs-Photo-by-Brenda-Dziedzic-Labidomera-clivicollis-6

Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle eggs
Photo by Brenda Dziedzic
Labidomeraclivicollis

milkweed beetle larva - photo by amanda wolfe

Swamp milkweed beetle larva
Photo by Amanda Wolfe
Tetraopes tetrophthalmus

Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle larva Photo by Brenda Dziedzic Labidomera clivicollis

Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle larva
Photo by Brenda Dziedzic
Labidomera clivicollis

Swamp milkweed beetle larva Photo by Nancy Denmark

Swamp milkweed beetle larva
Photo by Nancy Denmark

Swamp milkweed leaf beetle adult Photo by Brenda Dziedzic Tetraopes tetrophthalmus

Swamp milkweed leaf beetle adult
Photo by Brenda Dziedzic
Tetraopes tetrophthalmus

Swamp milkweed leaf beetles Photo by Amanda Wolfe

Swamp milkweed leaf beetles
Photo by Amanda Wolfe

Red Milkweed Beetle Tetraopes tetrophthalmus Brenda Dziedzic

Red Milkweed Beetle
Photo by Brenda Dziedzic
Tetraopes tetrophthalmus

Red milkweed beetle Photo by Amanda Wolfe

Red milkweed beetle
Photo by Amanda Wolfe

Stink bug Photo by Amanda Wolfe

Stink bug
Photo by Amanda Wolfe

Stink bug Photo by Julia Kurtz

Stink bug
Photo by Julia Kurtz

Praying Mantis Photo by Amanda Wolfe

Praying Mantis
Photo by Amanda Wolfe

Japanese Beetles Photo by Amanda Wolfe

Japanese Beetles
Photo by Amanda Wolfe

Cycnia tigermoth caterpillar photo by Rachel Larson Echols

Cycnia tigermoth caterpillar
Photo by Rachel Larson Echols

Striped Garden Caterpillar Photo by Rachel Larson Echols Trichordestra legitima

Striped Garden Caterpillar
Photo by Rachel Larson Echols
Trichordestra legitima

Milkweed bug nymphs - Oncopeltus fasciatus

Large milkweed bug nymphs
Oncopeltus fasciatus

Large milkweed bug adult - Oncopeltus fasciatus

Large milkweed bug adult
Oncopeltus fasciatus

Small milkweed bug Photo by Brenda Dziedzic Lygaeus kalmii

Small milkweed bug
Photo by Brenda Dziedzic
Lygaeus kalmii

Milkweed assassin bug (left) and milkweed bug (right)

Milkweed assassin bug (left)
and milkweed bug (right)

Hoverfly dumping from its gut before pupation

Hoverfly dumping tar-like excrement
from its gut before pupation

Gut dump (excrement) from hoverfly

Gut dump (excrement) from hoverfly

Hoverfly pupa

Hoverfly pupa

Hoverfly adult

Hoverfly adult

Ant taking a Monarch egg from a leaf

Ant taking a Monarch egg from a leaf

Ambush bug Photo by Nancy Denmark

Ambush bug
Photo by Nancy Denmark

Green lacewing larva

Green lacewing larva

Milkweed assassin bugs eggs and hatching

Milkweed assassin bugs eggs and hatching

Hoverfly adult (there are many species)

Hoverfly adult (there are many species)

Milkweed assassin bug - Zelus longipes

Milkweed assassin bug
Zelus longipes
Resembles milkweed bugs

Milkweed assassin bug (predator)

Milkweed assassin bug

Milkweed assassin bug nymph (predator)

Milkweed assassin bug nymph

Florida predatory stink bug is found in many states Euthyrhynchus floridanus

Florida predatory stink bug
Euthyrhynchus floridanus
It is found in many states

Left to right: hoverfly egg, aphids, Monarch egg

Left to right:
hoverfly egg, aphids, Monarch egg

Hoverfly, flower fly, syrphid fly

Hoverfly, flower fly, syrphid fly
There are many species of this insect

Hoverfly, flower fly, syrphid fly

Hoverfly, flower fly, syrphid fly
There are many species of this insect

Hoverfly, flower fly, syrphid fly

Hoverfly, flower fly, syrphid fly
There are many species of this insect

Hoverfly, flower fly, syrphid fly - pupa

Hoverfly, flower fly, syrphid fly – pupa

Hover fly adult

Hover fly adult

Hover fly adult - beneficial insect

Hover fly adult

Lacewing larvae Photo by Pam Wojcik

Lacewing larvae
Photo by Pam Wojcik

Green Lacewing adult beneficial insect

Green Lacewing adult

Green Lacewing larva with aphid skins on its back - a beneficial insect

Green Lacewing larva
with aphid skins on its back

Brown lacewing larvae Photo by Julia Kurtz

Brown lacewing larvae
Photo by Julia Kurtz

Ladybug adult - beneficial insect

Ladybug adult

Ladybug nymph - beneficial insect

Ladybug nymph

Ladybug adult - beneficial insect

Ladybug adult

Ladybug nymph - beneficial insect

Ladybug nymph

Ladybug pupa - beneficial insect

Ladybug pupa

Spotted cucumber beetle Photo by Amanda Wolfe

Spotted cucumber beetle
Photo by Amanda Wolfe

Minute pirate bug - A beneficial insect

Minute pirate bug

Larger brown aphids are aphid mummies - parasitized by a tiny wasp that only kills aphids - beneficial insect

Larger brown aphids are aphid mummies
Aphids parasitized by a tiny wasp that only kills aphids and doesn’t harm Monarchs

Mealy bugs (greatly resembles some species of ladybug nymphs) - damages plants

Mealy bugs
(resembles some species of ladybug nymphs)
Normally found in clusters

Yellowstriped armyworm (moth), Spodoptera ornithogalli

Yellowstriped armyworm (moth)
Spodoptera ornithogalli

Yellowstriped armyworm (moth), Spodoptera ornithogalli

Yellowstriped armyworm (moth)
Later instar
Spodoptera ornithogalli

Dogbane tiger moth Photo by Carol Pasternak Cycnia-tenera

Dogbane tiger moth
Photo by Carol Pasternak
Cycnia-tenera

Milkweed tussock tiger moth eggs Photo by Kimberly Vicek

Milkweed tussock tiger moth eggs
Photo by Kimberly Vicek

Young milkweed tussock moth caterpillars Euchaetes egle

Young milkweed tussock moth caterpillars
Euchaetes egle

Milkweed tussock moth older caterpillar Euchaetes egle

Milkweed tussock moth older caterpillar
Photo by Brenda Dziedzic
Euchaetes egle

Milkweed tussock moth adult Euchaetes egle

Milkweed tussock moth adult
Euchaetes egle

Leaf-footed bug eggs and nymph

Leaf-footed bug eggs and nymph

Leaf-footed bug eggs

Leaf-footed bug eggs

Ant (pollen sacs caught on legs)

Ant (pollen sacs caught on legs)

argiope photo by amanda wolfe


Photo by amanda wolfe

Goldenrod Soldier Beetle Photo by Amanda Wolfe Chauliognathus pensylvanicus

Goldenrod Soldier Beetle
Photo by Amanda Wolfe
Chauliognathus pensylvanicus

Snail Photo by Amanda Wolfe

Snail Photo by Amanda Wolfe

Tachinid fly Photo by Julia Kurtz

Tachinid fly
Photo by Julia Kurtz

Tachinid fly Photo by Julia Kurtz

Tachinid fly
Photo by Julia Kurtz
Juriniopsis adusta

Weevils Photo by Amanda Wolfe

Weevils
Photo by Amanda Wolfe

Ladybug nymph Photo by Nancy Denmark

Ladybug nymph
Photo by Nancy Denmark

Spider mites on milkweed

Spider mites on milkweed

Thrips on milkweed with Monarch butterfly eggs

Thrips with Monarch butterfly eggs
Different species are different colors

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