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  unknown (Lygaeidae family sp2)





unknown | Lygaeidae family sp2 photo
This bug was photographed on the edge of our wheely bin. It must have crawled from some milkweed plants I had pulled up and binned.

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unknown | Lygaeidae family sp2 photo
I think that this is a nymph of the same species?

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unknown | Lygaeidae family sp2 photo
I think that this is a nymph of the same species. This looks like a later instar than the one in the previous shot.

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INSECT FACTS

Identification
These bugs are orange-red with black wings, black legs and black antennae. The eyes are prominent. Males and females are similar. Nymphs are orange red with black head and thorax.

Size
12mm

Habitat
found on milkweed plants

Food
Milkweed sap



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hemiptera
Family:Lygaeidae
Genus:Lygaeidae family
Species:sp2
Common Name:unknown