Are red milkweed beetles harmful to milkweed
Well, this past year I added a decent amount of organic matter to my relatively poor clay soil in a bed on the side of our house. The front of the bed gets a decent amount of light, and all of a sudden milkweed began popping up EVERYWHERE!!
Anyways...that's not why I'm posting this. There are a number of red beetles (and some larger orange beetles) congregating on the buds (I think; Large green pods...whatever they are lol) and I'm wondering if they are harmful to my milkweed plants?? There has been some discoloration of the leaves on some of the plants, but I'm not sure if an environmental factor is the cause of this or if the beetles are the ones doing the damage. I can also say that I have not seen very many caterpillars on the milkweed this season either. I don't know if the presence of the beetles has anything to do with this of not. Anyways, I'd just like some more information about these beetles.