Small Milkweed Bug (Lygaeus kalmii), is a True Bug (order Hemiptera), in the family Lygaeidae (Seed Bugs), Subfamily Lygaeinae. The adult is about 10-12 mm long and colored orange and black. The Nymph has red abdomen, which develops black spots with age; wingpads black; pronotum red with two black diagonal markings. They have a long rostrum which they use for piercing and feeding. Both adults and nymphs feed on milkweed seeds and milkweed plant juices. They also feed on nectar and Juices of other plants. I often observe them on my chilli and ashwagandha plants, but not sure about the damage they do.
Small Milkweed Bug
|Small Milkweed Bugs Mating Pair|
|Small Milkweed Bug Eggs|
|Small Milkweed Bug Nymph|