I didn't really know much about Monarchs until I started to hear about their decline. And, honestly, I don't know if I still know much except they only reproduce on milkweed. And in Iowa we have spent time getting rid of all kinds of milkweed for various reasons. And now....we are all trying to bring them back!
I have two types in my yard; common milkweed and butterfly milkweed. I have them in my yard because Eric, the father of the five sons, is way more passionate about Monarchs for way more reasons than mine...I think they are lovely and beautiful. I am simply fascinated by creation.
So imagine my surprise when I came across this red beetle. I have never seen one before. They live happily on milkweed along side Monarchs.
I think it's really important to find reputable information on the internet. So I turned to Iowa State Extension. Click on the link below for a great article on milkweed insects. Enjoy!
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