Swamp Milkweed Beetle

mystery beetle in Nashville, TN
September 5, 2009
Hi, I saw this beetle last week. Could it be a type of lady beetle or Harlequin beetle? Something else? Seemed larger than a typical ladybug. Did not get a chance to really measure though. It moved quickly. Any info appreciated. (Enjoying your site!)
Carrie Nunes
Nashville, TN

Swamp Milkweed Beetle
Swamp Milkweed Beetle

Hi Carrie,
Your beetle is a Leaf Beetle known as a Swamp Milkweed Beetle.  It is not related to the Ladybird Beetles.

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