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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Cantharis pellucida Soldier Beetle

Cantharis pellucida  Soldier Beetle

Cantharis pellucida 29869

Description

This common 'soldier beetle' has a red thorax and legs with black or grey elytra The black 'mask' on its head gives it a rather goggle-eyed look.

Habitat

Hedgerows and meadows. They are frequently found on open flowers such as Hawthorn and umbellifers where they feed on both nectar and pollen as well as predating other small insects.

Life History

The larvae are like velvety caterpillars and they feed on the ground, hunting snails and other small creatures.

Phenology

Early May to July
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