small beautiful bug
May 29, 2009
Subject was located on pigeonberry plant near a garden. About 1/2″ long. Only one specimen found.
Your letter originally arrived at a very busy mail period for us, and it coincided with the end of the semester and a hasty retreat to visit Mom in Ohio. Needless to say, there was so much mail when we returned to the office, much of it remained unanswered. This is a Swamp Milkweed Beetle, Labidomera clivicollis. You can read more about it on BugGuide which states: “Occur in every state east of the Rocky Mountains, and into northern Mexico.”