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Milkweed bug? - Sephina gundlachii

Milkweed bug? - Sephina gundlachii
Tavares, Lake County, Florida, USA
April 10, 2006
I originally thought this to be a Milkweed bug, as it is on a Milkweed Vine.
But it doesn't have the same pattern.
Then I thought Milkweed Assassin - but no match there.
So what is he?!

Sephina gundlachi
I was about to upload two images of this insect (adult and nymph), as there was no genus or species page for it, and happened to see this one on the general Coreid page. ID was made using Baranowski & Slater's Coreidae of FL. Host plant is climbing milkweed (Cynanchum scoparium).

giant milkweed bug
I believe Val is correct in her ID of this true bug. I'm moving it to the new page I created. This is one of the species we tried, but failed to get for our Milkweed, Monarchs and More (1)

MQ, Austin

Texas Beetle Information

Giant Milkweed Bug
If you need more photos of this one - I can post more.
We have alot of climbing milkweed through-out the yard and right now there are various stages of nymphs. They start out cherry red with black legs....

Please do post more pix
This bug is on the cover of "Coreidae of Florida" but the only photos I know of are the few posted to

MQ, Austin

Texas Beetle Information

Coloring & host plant
Please check out the one I just posted. It has a different color pattern. Is it the same?

Also, all of mine are living on a different milkweed vine than all the literature states. Mine are all on Matelea gonocarpos

just posted more photos -
I don't have a macro lens on my good camera so I used my little pocket digital...
So hopefully these are OK...

Tis a leaf-footed bug from the family Coreidae. Florida has so many different genera and species I have, for the moment, given up trying to ID images from there:-) Do check our existing guide pages for the family, though.

To me it looks like a Coreid, but I can see no matches in the guide.
-Sean McCann

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