On milkweed pod with a large aggregation of milkweed pods
Round beetle about 1cm long, black with red coloration, found on milkweed plants.
We used to get monarch caterpillars on our milkweed (it was planted to attract them), but this year the monarchs never came and we got these beetles instead. I have been finding them on the plants throughout September, but this observation was from the end of the month.
On a milkweed seed pod.
on Butterfly weed