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Red Milkweed Beetle (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus)The Red Milkweed Beetle is a member of the long-horned beetle family (Cerambycidae).  There are over 1,200 species of this large family in North America.  This milkweed beetle “has acquired the ability to sequester toxins from its digestive system and transfer them to its body wall, where the toxins produce a noxious taste that protects the insect from predators” (Allen Franz). 

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Photographs by Valerie Lykes and Janine Ngai