This little beetle doesn’t seem to be interested in anything other than my butterfly weed .. doesn’t seem to do any damage .. can anyone tell me what it is or what it does ?
Looks similar to the one Doug has in the upper right hand corner of this page.
Boxelder bugs and small milkweed bugs do look a lot a like. However, Joy, you do have the small milkweed bug like Donalda suggested. The small milkweed bug has more red markings and if you could see the rear wing area clearer, you would see there are only 4 or 5 veins, while the boxelder bug has many veins on the rear wing. The website that Donalda gave also has a photo of boxelder bug to help compare the two.
As Donalda noted, the small milkweed bug feeds on seeds of milkweeds. The boxelder bug feeds on box elder trees and come into houses in the fall…a real nuisance to those of us in the midwest US.