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Soldier Beetle (Chauliognathus lecontei)

Natural History

The Soldier Beetle is a member of the Cantharidae Family. They are 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 (elytra).

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.

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