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Soldiers beetles get their name because of the bright colours of the adults – they are part of the Cantharidae family.  The elytra (wing cases) are soft compared with other beetle families.  Rhagonycha fulva is commonly known as the “Common Red Soldier Beetle, Black-tipped Soldier Beetle” or the “Bloodsucker Beetle”.  

Adults are 7-10 mm long and can be found from June to September.  This beetle is nearly entirely reddish orange, only the last part of their elytra is black along as well as the ends of their legs.  The body is flat and narrow.  

Black antennae are relatively long.  There are other species that look similar, but only the R. fulva has an orange-coloured first segment of the antennae with all other segments being black.

Although this beetle is very common in Europe and Anatolia, it was introduced to North America and is well established in British Columbia and Quebec .  Recently recorded in Ontario , this specimen was photographed in the Toronto area in July.  Active during the day, you will find this beetle hunting for small insects on top of flowers.  You will often find them on thistles as was the specimen below.

 

Red beetle black wing tips Common Red Soldier Beetle

Common Red Soldier Beetle - 1

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Rhagonycha fulva Red Soldier Beetle

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Bloodsucker Red Soldier Beetle on thistle.

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Are You Baffled 
by Bugs ?

Did you know...

That all insects are bugs, but not all bugs are insects!

 


"I dreamed
 I was a butterfly,
 flitting around 
in the sky; 
then I awoke.  
Now I wonder:  
Am I a man 
who dreamt 
of being a butterfly, 
or am I a butterfly
dreaming 
that I am a man?"

~ Chuang Tse ~
Chinese philosopher

 

Insects have 3 body parts:  a head, thorax and abdomen.  They also have six legs and two antennae.

Spiders and Scorpions have eight legs and are not considered insects!

 

According to some sources, the total number of insect species is somewhere between 15 and 30 million!

There are 900,000 known species in the world.

 

Insane About Insects ?

 

Did you know...

Scorpions can live for more than one year without eating!

 

Mosquitoes have 47 teeth, but only the female mosquitoe bites using it's proboscis.

Fireflies, sometimes called Lightningbugs, are not true bugs or flies.  They are beetles!

Every year, insects eat about one third of the world's food crops.

Only male crickets can chirp.  They will chirp faster in warm weather.  

Most insects hatch from eggs.

The average bed contains 2-6 million dust mites!

 

Are You An Enthusiastic
Entomologist ?

Did you know...

Every year, the average person eats several insects while sleeping.  

Insects breath through a complicated network of air tubes called tracheae that open along the sides of the insects body.

Nearly all insect growth involves metamorphosis.

The average housefly lives only two weeks!

A female ladybug lays about 1000 eggs in her lifetime.

Honeybees fly at a speed of 13-15 mph.

Even though spiders have eight eyes, they still can't see very well.

A cockroach can live up to 9 days without its head!

 

 

 

 

 

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