Is this a Longhorne Beetle?
July 20, 2009
This little guy is hanging out on a milkweed plant by my pool. He’s too pretty to smush. Really bright reddish orange with some funky black spots. If he is a longhorne, and he certainly has the antenne for it, what plants will he go for? Right now, I’m happy to leave him be. He can bore into all the milkweed he’d like.
The Red Milkweed Beetle, Tetraopes tetrophthalmus, is in fact a Longhorned Borer Beetle and the food plant for both adults and larvae is the Milkweed. These Red Milkweed Beetles squeak when handled.