milkweed bug

noun

Definition of 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 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, "Butterfly exhibit takes wing at Fort Wayne conservatory," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of milkweed bug

1905, in the meaning defined above

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“Milkweed bug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/milkweed%20bug. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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