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Soldier Beetle

Cantharidae (family)

Description:

Soldier beetles are relatively soft-bodied, straight-sided beetles. Highly desired by gardeners as biological control agents of a number of pest insects. The larvae tend to be dark brown or gray, slender and wormlike with a rippled appearance due to pronounced segmentation. They consume grasshopper eggs, aphids, caterpillars and other soft bodied insects, most of which are pests.

Habitat:

Cosmopolitan in distribution. Often hiding under tree bark.

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1 Comment

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

nice one!

LarsKorb
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Hohenhorn, Schleswig-Holstein (Landmasse), Germany

Spotted on Mar 4, 2012
Submitted on Mar 4, 2012

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