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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.
Cosmopolitan in distribution. Often hiding under tree bark.