A milkweed bug in Jackie Goetz’s Overland Park garden. Goetz specifically chose varieties of plants to attract beneficial bugs — such as the milkweed — that eat bugs harmful to a garden. This beetle can be a natural pruner, unless the gardener is planning to harvest milkweed seeds, in which case the bug would be a pest.
A milkweed bug in Jackie Goetz’s Overland Park garden. Goetz specifically chose varieties of plants to attract beneficial bugs — such as the milkweed — that eat bugs harmful to a garden. This beetle can be a natural pruner, unless the gardener is planning to harvest milkweed seeds, in which case the bug would be a pest. SHANE KEYSER The Kansas City Star
A milkweed bug in Jackie Goetz’s Overland Park garden. Goetz specifically chose varieties of plants to attract beneficial bugs — such as the milkweed — that eat bugs harmful to a garden. This beetle can be a natural pruner, unless the gardener is planning to harvest milkweed seeds, in which case the bug would be a pest. SHANE KEYSER The Kansas City Star

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