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Soldier beetle on a thistle

Observed: 20th July 2011 By: Fungi festFungi fest’s reputation in InvertebratesFungi fest’s reputation in Invertebrates
DSCF0342. soldier beetle on a thistle

Taken on the town meadows this morning. I love these guys they are so bright. I know it is a soldier beetle but not sure of it's scientific name. Cute little critter.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Red Soldier Beetle (Rhagonycha fulva) interacts


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They are very good at consuming garden pest's and have kept my veg garden free from blackfly and other pest's.


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The thistles are infested with blackfly so maybe that is what attracts the beetles and ladybirds which are there in the thousands. The meadow is a haven for everytype of bug imaginable.