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Goldenrod Soldier Beetle

Chauliognathus pensylvanicus


Bright yellow insect, with hard outer wings covering lacy black wings. The outer wings are seen here as yellow with a large black oval on each wing. The body of the insect was rectangular (much like a lightning bug), and was yellow with black stripes. The insect itself wasn't very large (about 3/4 cm long), but it had extremely long antennae (over 1 cm), as you might be able to see from the picture.


Found in HUGE quantities (hundreds in just a small area) on a wild flower prairie at Beaver Creek State Park in SD.


We thought this was a type of lightning bug, as it's shape and size are identical to that, but could not find a similar pic anywhere. We would appreciate any thoughts on the species!

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Kyle A
Kyle A 9 years ago
Goldenrod Soldier Beetle
Chauliognathus pensylvanicus Species Chauliognathus pensylvanicus - Goldenrod Soldier Beetle - BugGuide.Net

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Valley Springs, South Dakota, USA

Spotted on Aug 9, 2014
Submitted on Sep 7, 2014

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