What bug is this?
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What bug is this?

Steve Hood

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This was taken in September but I wasn't sure what it was.

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I'm certainly not an expert, but it looks a bit like a Swamp Milkweed Leaf beetle?
http://bugguide.net/node/view/837344/bgimage
You may want to post to BugGuide.Net's ID Request for confirmation.
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gary yankech

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this is a swamp milkweed leaf beetle......can get confused with a ladybug.
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Steve Hood

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Thanks.  That was it.
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Leslie

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Do these beetles happen to eat the leaves of swamp milkweed, or is that too obvious?
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According to BugGuide.net:
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Foliage, flowers, of milkweed, especially Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), but also found on Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). Also on swallow-wort (Cynanchum) and twinevine (Funastrum = Sarcostem
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They can eat both native and non-native milkweeds?  Wonder if they'd like to teach the monarchs that trick...
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