milkweed bug


: a large black and reddish-orange bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus) that feeds chiefly on milkweed

Examples of milkweed bug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the most common species around here that feeds on milkweeds is the small milkweed bug, Lygaeus kalmii. oregonlive, 9 Oct. 2021 In fact, a healthy aphid and milkweed bug population verifies there are no insecticides on the plant to threaten the monarchs’ well-being. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Sep. 2021 Along with entering the butterfly tent, visitors can view a live bug display that includes millipedes, beetles, milkweed bugs, cockroaches and scorpions. Ashley Sloboda, The Seattle Times, 21 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of milkweed bug was in 1905

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“Milkweed bug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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