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|Species: Lygaeus kalmii|
Small milkweed bugs are 3/4" long. They are black with an orange to red “X” pattern. They have an oval shaped body and 4 or 5 veins on the forewing.
Habitat & Range
The small milkweed bug is found throughout the US, Mexico, and Southern Canada. They live in fields with milkweed plants.
These insects feed off of milkweed, and can be found in large groups when feeding. They are poisonous, and their red coloring is a warning to predators.
Small milkweed bug eggs are laid on milkweed plants in the spring. After hatchign, nymphs will molt five times before becoming full adults.
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