Time for Another Edition of Beetlemania?

Two-spotted Lady Beetle
Common June Beetle
Red Milkweed Beetle
And another. Like the Monarch, the other milkweed beetle, and the milkweed bugs, this red/black combo says don’t eat me I’m full of toxic milkweed latex. Unless, of course, it says I look like something that eats milkweed even if I don’t, so beware!
Cryptocephalus leucomelas, no common name. First iNaturalist observation in NYC. One of the many case-bearing leaf beetles: they construct a case for their eggs/larvae of fecal matter, sometimes along with plant matter. This particular beetle’s hosts are Salix and Populus, and yes, that’s a willow leaf.


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