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Species Tetraopes melanurus - Blackened Milkweed Beetle

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Chrysomeloidea (Long-horned and Leaf Beetles)
Family Cerambycidae (Long-horned Beetles)
Subfamily Lamiinae (Flat-Faced Longhorns)
Tribe Tetraopini
Genus Tetraopes (Milkweed Longhorns)
Species melanurus (Blackened Milkweed Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Tetraopes melanurus Schönherr 1817
7-12 mm(1)
Distinctive heavy marks on elytra, in addition to spots. Weak callus on pronotum. Antennae all dark.
e US (NY-MI-FL-MS) (2)
mostly Jul-Aug. (BG data)
adults and larva on Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa(1); some appear to be on Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca (BG data)
Print References
Nishio, S., Blum, M.S., Takahashi, S. 1983. Intraplant distribution of cardenolides in Asclepias humistrata (Asclepiadaceae), with additional notes on their fates in Tetraopes melanurus (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) and Rhyssomatus lineaticollis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Memoirs of the College of Agriculture, Kyoto University 122: 43-52.
Internet References
Texas Entomology - Mike Quinn. 2007
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Northeastern Longhorned Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)
Douglas Yanega. 1996. Illinois Natural History Survey.
2.Beetles of Eastern North America
Arthur V. Evans. 2014. Princeton University Press.