Ladybugs? #421060 - Ask Extension


Ladybugs? #421060

Asked August 14, 2017, 10:01 AM EDT

I have attached a jpg of a bunch of little orange bugs. They are at the top of a swamp milkweed. We avoid using any pesticides. We hope these are baby ladybugs, but if not, what are they and do they need to be killef

Howard County Maryland

Expert Response

These are not lady bugs but the young stages of milkweed bugs.

They don't do a lot of damage and don't need to be controlled, unless you are planning to collect seed. They feed on the developing seeds within the pod, leaving them unable to germinate.
If you need to control them, you can just brush them into a container of soapy water.
Here is a page about them:


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