Subject:  Black & Orange Banded w/Red Head
Geographic location of the bug:  Tulsa, Ok
Date: 09/26/2017
Time: 10:34 AM EDT
I’ve seen photos of the Banded Net-Wing Beetle, but all of those have a black head. This bug has a red head. Is it different or maybe a different gender?
How you want your letter signed:  Gloria Famer

Large Milkweed Bug

Dear Gloria,
While your critter resembles a Banded Net-Winged Beetle,
it is a different species.  As a matter of fact, it is not even a beetle.  This is a Large Milkweed Bug, Oncopeltus fasciatus, a species almost always found on milkweed.  Since Large Milkweed Bugs have mouths designed to pierce and suck, not to chew, the eaten leaf can be attributed to something else.

Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma

2 Responses to Large Milkweed Bug

  1. Michael says:

    Oncopeltus fasciatus is the large milkweed bug, not the netting beetle

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