A couple weeks ago I posted a video of this little swamp milkweed leaf beetle larva (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Labidomera clivicollis) feeding on the flower buds of a swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata, Asclepiadaceae). I thought these stills were pretty good and I wanted to share them too.
The larvae and adults of these beetles feed primarily on swamp milkweed, but can also be found on common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca, Asclepiadaceae) and a few other plants. Swamp milkweed is common in the floodplain along the River Raisin in southeast Michigan where these photos were taken. With an abundant food source, these beetles also seem rather common.