Oncopeltus fasciatus

(Milkweed bugs)..." feed on the seeds by piercing the seed pod and can be found in all stages of growth on the plants in mid to late summer." -Missouri Botanical Garden
(Milkweed bugs)…” feed on the seeds by piercing the seed pod and can be found in all stages of growth on the plants in mid to late summer.” -Missouri Botanical Garden
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Tetraopes tetrophthalmus

"The milkweed beetle, a herbivore, is given this name because they are generally host specific to milkweed plants (genus Asclepias). It is thought the beetle and its early instars derive a measure of protection from predators by incorporating toxins from the plant into their bodies, thereby becoming distasteful, much as the Monarch butterfly and its larvae do. The red and black coloring are aposematic, advertising the beetles' inedibility. There are many milkweed-eating species of insect that use the toxins contained in the plant as a chemical defense." -Wikipedia
“The milkweed beetle, a herbivore, is given this name because they are generally host specific to milkweed plants (genus Asclepias). It is thought the beetle and its early instars derive a measure of protection from predators by incorporating toxins from the plant into their bodies, thereby becoming distasteful, much as the Monarch butterfly and its larvae do. The red and black coloring are aposematic, advertising the beetles’ inedibility. There are many milkweed-eating species of insect that use the toxins contained in the plant as a chemical defense.” -Wikipedia

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