I was watering a few plants from my deck barrel that I’ve filled with dish rinse water every evening. Lugging up and down the deck stairs, buckets of water is just not for me anymore. My shoulders and back tend to protest quite loudly by the end of the day.

So, I removed the screen off the top( used to keep bugs out) of the garbage can that was stored in the yard when I bought my home over 16 years ago. It stayed underneath my new deck for years, until a few years back.

It was one of those old aluminum trash cans I could remember my grandparents owning many, many moons ago. I painted it and began using it with a grin as this always brings back memories of watching my grandmother line the trash can with newspaper, remember back then there were no plastic garbage cans or plastic garbage bags..

Garbage day was always a lot louder than today, since all of the aluminum trash cans were banged against the garbage trucks with an extra bang to remove all of the newspaper that lined the can and all of the cans up and down the street were dented in the middle too.

And, to my surprise after watering the Garden Trug box I found this bug below circling the rim of the can over and over.

August 22 2016 - Beetle -001

This summer I realized that I sort of like finding bugs for the first time, and then trying to find out what they are and what attracts them. I also want to learn if they are beneficial to my garden or if they are not. So, I ran inside ~ (walked) to retrieve my camera in hopes it didn’t fly away like the birds always do when I want a picture of them.


In my excitement to hurry and get back these pictures are not of the best quality, but I have a link and will show you a clearer picture of these bugs, which I thought was a beetle of some sort.

Researching this bug I learned it’s not a beetle but rather a True Bug… I had no idea there was such a thing as a True Bug. Hum…learning is great…even at my age… wink

These bugs are attracted to the Milkweed plant, which also attracts the butterflies.

Milk weed drawing in butterflies

Courtesy of:


The link above is very interesting if you want to help out the beautiful butterflies in your garden or just want to bring them into the garden as well.

Back to this True Bug, called : Small Milkweed Bug, Lygaeus kalmii. They are immune to the toxins in milkweed, and are consequently toxic to predatory insects.

The funny thing was this Milkweed Bug was happy as can be circling round and round the top of the can, until I placed the bug on the railing because I needed to replace the screen on the water can and move on to other things in the garden. This bug didn’t even mind me bringing the camera very close ( too close) to get a picture that I thought at the time was a clear one..

Below is a better picture for you from: Lynette Schimming
from BugGuide.net


I just was amazed at this tiny creature with its markings so bright and beautiful. When I read how it can survive the toxic milkweed and be toxic to other bugs, I found it interesting the marking on the top were of a heart… Like this creature saying,

“I know I’m toxic, but love me just the same.”



Until next time




11 thoughts on “Growing Milkweed is a Good Thing for Butterflies…

  1. isn’t that beautiful Laura. We’ve had such a lot of moths this last week. I’m starting to learn what they are called. I’ve always wanted to know more, but have been too busy with work before to do any study. I’m really enjoying my new hobby.


    1. Karen, Thank you so much for your comments. I’ve also had many more moths than usual this year, all white .. At first I thought they were the cabbage moths, but I’ve not a single vegetable of the cabbage family growing in my gardens this year. I too must research what these are but they flutter around the garden so quickly and never land on anything to get a picture to use as reference. If you find out about these please do a little post about them. It sure is odd this year with all of the drought that’s brought out many new insects to the gardens..

      Take care, and have a wonderful day… Laura 🙂

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      1. thank you Laura. What a good idea. I’ll do a post on them when I can obtain enough photos (of the non-blurry kind). I must admit, I’m really enjoying all the butterflies and bugs in my garden this summer. I’m at home more than usual, and seeing the garden with fresh eyes. Not on the same subject I know- but we have baby hedgehogs in the garden. So exciting. There’s a nest in a pallet/ bug hotel I made last autumn. It’s made us all so happy this week to see them. All the best- Karen x


  2. That’s a splendid looking bug indeed, Laura. No doubt the bright markings are to warn predators not to eat it. Strange how poison for some is sustenance for others. Nature knows just how to work properly…
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Pete, I totally agree with you.. It’s really amazing…

      Take care, Laura
      P.S. I’m officially another year older today, and have the fire extinguisher readied for when I blow out all of those candles… 🙂


  3. What a fascinating little bug! I’m not familiar with milkweed, so I had to look it up… which led me to discover all sorts of other interesting things.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. Ros, I know eh… It’s so great finding out cool things.. Thank you for your comments and I’m glad you checked it out and discovered interesting things, life is good…

      Take care, dear lady.. hugs from Laura


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