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Beetle on Milkweed in Petersburg, Virginia - Chauliognathus marginatus

Beetle on Milkweed in Petersburg, Virginia - Chauliognathus marginatus
Petersburg, Virginia, USA
June 18, 2005
Size: 1/2 - 1 inch
Took this picture of a bug on a milkweed leaf in the Petersburg National Battlefield Park in Petersburg, Virginia on June 19, 2005. Have been unable to confirm identify using my bug identification guide. Any help would be appreciated.

Wow! PLease go find more righ
Wow! PLease go find more right now! That is soo funny lol.

Milkweed visitor
You can tell that it has been visiting milkweed flowers because it has three sets of pollinia hanging from its toes (the orange things).

 
Pollinia
Thanks so much for the additional information. I have a lot to learn about bugs. Never paid much attention to them until I got into the world of macro photography. Now I look everywhere for an interesting looking bug that doesn't scare me so much that I don't want to get near it. :)

Don't know if you were passin
Don't know if you were passing through, or if you hail from Petersburg, but greetings are in order -- I work in that grand old city!

Small world.

 
Petersburg
Hello. Not just passing through. Live in Colonial Heights and work at Fort Lee.

Margined Leatherwing
This is Chauliognathus marginatus(1), or Margined Leatherwing. It is a type of soldier beetle.

 
Margined Leatherwing
Thanks so much for a speedy identification.

 
Compliments.
Welcome, Nevia, and compliments on a unique and stunning image.

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