top of page
  • Writer's pictureJill

A Fourth of July Visitor

This little guy was partying on our outdoor dining table this Fourth of July. My family thought I had lost my mind when I was so intently trying to get a picture – they worried that I was photographing a common house fly! But look at this little critter – he is dressed for success! He is a Small Milkweed Bug. His orange and black markings with the white borders are eye catching, almost like an abstract work of art! I even see a heart hidden in the design between his wings. This creature is about 1/2 inch long, and feeds exclusively on seeds produced by the milkweed family. I’m not sure I have any of those in my garden, so he just might be an interloper, looking for a place to hang before his next feast. In general, he’s not harmful to humans or plants unless you’re a milkweed farmer. Milkweed Bugs don’t bite, have no stinger, and don’t carry any disease – so he was just a happy coincidence in my garden and on my dining table. He provided lots of laughs, a challenging photography shoot, and some interesting research! I’m quite pleased he came to visit us this weekend in my backyard garden. He has an open invitation to return any time!


bottom of page