Tetraopes tetrophthalmus

Red Milkweed Beetle

Red Milkweed Beetle photo, Tetraopes tetrophthalmus, Long-horned Beetles Family

Family: Cerambycidae

Subfamily: Lamiinae

Length: 8-15 mm


The head, pronotum, and elytra are bright red, while the legs and antennae are black. The scutellum is also black. Typically there are four black spots on the pronotum and four on each elytron.

This attractive and very common species is usually found on Common Milkweed, though it may occasionally be found on other related plants such as Dogbane. Adults are found from May through September.

Tetraopes tetrophthalmus range map

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