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Red-femured Milkweed Borer

Tetraopes femoratus


Found mostly on milkweed plants. Red with black spots, antennae banded in black and pale gray.


Found this one in a vacant lot early in the morning.


These beetles will sever the midvein of a milkweed leaf to drain the tip of the plant's milky toxins, then feed on the drained tissue.

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Gorgeous capture BugEric,awesome details,congrats and thanks for sharing

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Spotted on Jul 27, 2012
Submitted on Jan 1, 2013

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