suzanne88's picture

Can anyone identify this bug for me?

Help! Can anyone identify this critter for me? I thought perhaps a cardinal beetle, but I have no idea. I need to caption it for my website and don't want it to be wrong!





RHoman's picture

Soldier Beetle

It looks like Common Red Soldier Beetle (Rhagonycha fulva) - there are a number of iSpot observations with which to make comparisons.

Robert Homan

anonymous spotter's picture

Soldier Beetle

RHoman is right, I think.
One common name is the "Hogweed Bonking Beetle", which aptly describes the most common sighting of them.
Rather too many years ago, in a maybe more innocent age; as kids we knew them as "bloodsuckers".

suzanne88's picture

oh right! brilliant, thanks

oh right! brilliant, thanks guys, this helps lots