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Red Milkweed Beetle (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus)...

The Red Milkweed Beetle is a beetle in the family Cerambycidae that ranges from central and eastern North America north of Florida. The binomial genus and species names are both derived from the Latin - tetrophthalmus for "four-eyes." As in many longhorn beetles, the antennae are situated very near the eye. In the Red Milkweed Beetle, this adaptation has been carried to an extreme: the antennal base actually bisects the eye. If you look at the above photo in large, at the base of the right antenna you'll see it splits the eye in two.

 

ISO400, aperture f/11, exposure .004 seconds (1/250) focal length 300mm

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Taken on June 24, 2010