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Soldier Beetle

Observed: 26th June 2013 By: Stephen PlummerStephen Plummer’s reputation in InvertebratesStephen Plummer’s reputation in Invertebrates
Soldier Beetle
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Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Soldier (Sailor) Beetle (Cantharis rustica) interacts

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Blewit Boy's picture

That's correct. Why not add

That's correct. Why not add the ID yourself?

chris

Dluogs's picture

Soldier Beetle

I've decided to jump in with an ID despite your encouragement to the poster. Soldier Beetle as an ID takes you to family - Cantharidae, and is a good start. But beyond that, it took me over an hour to track down pictures on the net of all the UK soldier beetles when I identified mine last week. But as I did so fairly recently, I am pretty sure of the ID of this one. This is the web page I found most useful - http://www.kerbtier.de/cgi-bin/enFSearch.cgi?Fam=Cantharidae - it has most of them.

Some people would call this a Sailor Beetle for the simple reason that only soldiers wore red jackets. Sailors wore dark ones, as this beetle does!

Sarah

Stephen Plummer's picture

That's really helpful,

That's really helpful, thanks. There's also some good photos at http://www.eakringbirds.com/eakringbirds6/insectssoldierbeetles.htm
I really must crack these beetles now they're starting to appear regularly! :-)