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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Milkweed Bug

Afrikaans name:

Milkweed Bug

Photo © Steven Herbert

Oncopeltus famelicus

The Milkweed Bug has a striking orange and black colouration. It grows to a length of around 14 mm.

Although it is often found on Milkweed this insect does actually feed off other plants as well. It can cause damage to crops such as cotton and sweet potatoes.

The Milkweed Bug is found in a number of habitats including farmlands, gardens, grasslands, as well as the edges of forests and roads.

They occur over much of South Africa, apart from the very arid areas, in suitable habitat.

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References and further reading

Pocket Guide - Insects of South Africa - Author: Mike Picker & Charles Griffiths - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 49

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