Reader, I'd like you to meet one of the insects pictured above.
|Red Milkweed Beetle, Tetraopes tetrophthalmus|
"Howdy Pard', you can call me Red."
|A Long-Horned Beetle, The Red Milkweed Beetle|
Another fitting name for the Red Milkweed Beetle is the Four-eyed Beetle.
I don't know that this beetle really needs eyes in the back of its head, since it is chemically protected by the milkweed toxins it sequesters while feeding on the milkweed.
The Red Milkweed Beetle spends most of its life in the milkweed patch. Even the beetle's larvae mine and feed in the milkweeds roots.
This four-eyed, long-horned beetle of the milkweed patch ranks right up there with the incredible Monarch caterpillar.
Would there be a chance that there are even more Nature Posts unfolding in the milkweed patch?