Tetraopes tetrophthalmus


Common Names: Red milkweed beetle
Category: Insects
Sub-category: Beetles


By consuming the milkweed plant, they absorb toxins that make them inedible to predators, and their bright coloring advertises this warning. As in many longhorn beetles, the antennae are situated very near the eye–in the red milkweed beetle, this adaptation has been carried to an extreme: the antennal base actually bisects the eye.

Found on milkweed plants.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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