Teenage Milkweed Bugs

Lyon County country road

Milkweed bugs taste nasty. At least that’s what I read about them, and I’m content to believe whoever it was who tried one and passed on the news. It’s part of their defense. They absorb a nasty flavor from milkweed sap, then use bright orange coloring as a warning to predators. Those who understand the bug psyche suspect that the little ones congregate like this to increase the “color of danger” effect.