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Red Milkweed beetle on Common Milkweed Tetraopes tetrophthalmus on Asclepias syriaca

Red Milkweed beetle on Common Milkweed
Tetraopes tetrophthalmus on Asclepias syriaca
gouache paint, Adobe Photoshop®
Above, the beetle cuts the midvein of the leaf to prevent flow of the latex to the tip of the leaf. Below, the beetle then proceeds to eat the part of the leaf where the latex can no longer flow.
 





 

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