Friday, July 31, 2015

This Leaf Ain't Big Enough For the Both of Us - Red Milkweed Beetle Meets Monarch Caterpillar

Just a photograph from this morning...

"Stop eating the ground out from under my feet!"
This Red Milkweed Beetle (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus) and Monarch caterpillar (Danaus plexippus) were sharing the same leaf on a Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) this morning in the field behind the office.  The beetle kept having to move as the caterpillar ate the leaf out from under its feet.

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