The Soldier Beetle is a member of the Cantharidae Family.
1/2 to 3/4 inches in length with relatively flat, soft bodies (for beetles)
with straight sides. The have red bodies with blacked tipped wing covers
Soldier Beetles are named after British Soldiers whose uniform
once consisted of red coats.
Soldier Beetles are frequently seen on flowers, especially
seep-willows. Adults are active during summer in foothills, mesquite woodlands
and riparian areas. They feed on pollen and nectar.