Soldier Beetles Insect Photos

The Soldier Beetles Insect Cantharris rustica is a Northern Hemisphere soldier beetle. It is usually found on flowers, where it feeds on insects. The beetle is sometimes used by anglers as bait for trout. Body length up to 0.6 inches (15 mm)

 

Soldier Beetles Insect

 

Common name: Soldier beetles

Family: Cantharidae

Suborder: Polyphaga

Order: Coleoptera

Class/subphylum: Insecta/Hexapoda

Number of species: About 5,500 (about 460 US)

Size: Mainly in the range 04-0.6 in (1015 mm)

Key features: Body mainly black, brown, yellowish, or dull reddish color; often fairly narrow, almost parallel-sided, becoming slightly wider toward the rear end; elytra cover the abdomen only loosely; rather soft body compared with most beetles; antennae mostly long and threadlike, sometimes comblike or sawtoothed; head plainly visible from above; larvae often densely bristly

Habits: Adults often conspicuous, Soldier Beetles feeding in large numbers on flowers or perched on foliage, seldom moving far or fast; larvae mainly carnivorous, rarely seen, living beneath loose bark, under fallen logs, or in damp ground

Breeding: Mating takes place in daytime, often on flowers or leaves and may last many hours or even days, males often fight for possession of females, who will sometimes cannibalize their mates during copulation Diet: Adults feed on nectar, pollen, or soft-bodied insects, Soldier Beetles mainly carnivorous, feeding primarily on soft- bodied helpless prey such as insect and small caterpillars

Habitat: Grasslands, hedgerows, gardens, forests, and mountainsides; rarely in deserts

Distribution: Worldwide, but commonest in  temperate areas.

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Soldier Beetles Insect Facts and Images

Soldier Beetles Insect Facts and Photos

Soldier Beetles Insect Images

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Soldier Beetles Insect Facts with Photos

Soldier Beetles Insect Photos

Soldier Beetles Insect Pictures

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