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CLOSED: Red beetle with black spots, not a lady bug

Toronto, ON(Zone 5b)

My son discovered this interesting creature on a milkweed pod. What is it?

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West Pottsgrove, PA(Zone 6b)

That red beetle on your milkweed is called a "Red Milkweed Beetle", oddly enough. There's a whole genus of these longhorned beetles that specialize in eating milkweeds, Tetraopes. I think yours is Tetraopes tetrophthalmus

http://davesgarden.com/guides/bf/go/4043/

http://www.texasento.net/tetrophthalmus.htm

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This message was edited Aug 29, 2008 7:43 PM

Toronto, ON(Zone 5b)

Awesome, what a perfect name for it! Thank you, claypa!

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