Interesting (new to me) bug. What is it?

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Old 07-04-16, 10:25 AM
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Interesting (new to me) bug. What is it?

This bug was sitting on one of my bird baths just now. I've never seen this before. Looks like an elongated ladybug.

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Old 07-04-16, 11:34 AM
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Looks like a red milkweed beetle.
 
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Old 07-04-16, 12:17 PM
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Good call guyold!


Red Milkweed Beetle
 
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Old 07-04-16, 04:13 PM
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Thanks! I'm not familiar with Milkweed plants and didn't plant any. Wonder what it's doing around here? Guess it eats something else, too.
 
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Old 07-05-16, 04:18 AM
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Around here the milkweed plant is considered a weed, never heard of anyone purposely planting them. While I've seen that bug - I don't know anything about them.
 
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After doing a search on milkweed, I happened to notice a neighbor, a couple of doors down, has a milkweed plant growing (at least it looks like it). I guess it just stopped in my yard for a drink of water!
 
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That's interesting, I didn't know there were many varieties of milkweed. I have always thought one particular plant I see was milkweed but I never recalled seeing it in blossom. I will pay attention in the future and may add a few from seed as I have some wet well shaded areas back along a small stream.

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