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Common Red Soldier Beetle

Observed: 7th July 2009 By: purplerabbitspurplerabbits’s reputation in Invertebratespurplerabbits’s reputation in Invertebrates

A patch of umbellifers swarming with them. Apparently they're also called Hogweed Bonking Beetles, which is apt.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

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


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A lovely soldier

Soldier beetles so-called because of the bright colours of some species, reminiscent of old military uniforms. They are predators, often hunting on flowers of grassland, hedgerows and woodland margins.
Rhagonycha fulva – is a common species, often called bloodsucker because of its colour, although it is harmless.