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The milkweed longhorn beetle is red with black dots, black antennae, and black legs. The antennae of the males are almost the same length as the body (12 to 15 mm).
This beetle is found in grasslands, meadows, and prairies. The female lays eggs on or near the milkweed plant.
The word beetle comes from the Middle English Betylle and Old English bitula, meaning "to bite." The species name tetrophthalmus is latin for four eyes. This refers to this beetle's having fully divided compound eyes.
Spotted on Aug 9, 2011
Submitted on Aug 9, 2011