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red milkweed beetle

Tetraopes tetrophthalmus


on milkweed


restored Indiana prairie


The Milkweed Beetle, gets its scientific name, Tetraopes tetraophthalmus, from the configuration of its antennae and compound eyes. The antennae of many longhorn beetles arise on the head near the compound eye. Often the area around the antenna forms a notch in the compound eye. In Tetraopes tetraophthalmus, each compound eye is split into two distinct regions bisected by the antennae. Tetra-opes and tetra-ophthalmus both mean “four eyes”.

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Indiana, USA

Spotted on Jun 24, 2012
Submitted on Jun 26, 2012

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