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Soldier Beetle: Cantharis rustica

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Soldier Beetle: Cantharis rustica

There are over seventy members of the Cantharis genus of beetles but not all occur in Britain. Indeed very few are regularly seen and this one, Cantharis rustica, is one of the more common ones. It has a very common cousin that is a rusty colour whereas 'rustica' is not rusty at all, it has almost black wing cases (elytra). In any event, rustica means 'of the country' or rustic but it could be confusing if you link it with rust!

Cantharis rustica is at its most abundant in July and August and is often found of the flower heads of the carrot and daisy flower families where it gives the impression it is feeding on pollen but in reality it feeds on tiny insects that are pollen feeders. 


 

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