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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: Red beetle with black spots, not a lady bug

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RosemaryA
Toronto, ON
(Zone 5b)

August 29, 2008
11:11 PM

Post #5484657

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

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claypa
West Pottsgrove, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 29, 2008
11:41 PM

Post #5484778

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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RosemaryA
Toronto, ON
(Zone 5b)

August 29, 2008
11:51 PM

Post #5484817

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

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