Soldier Beetle
( Cantharidae )


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PHOTO COMMENT
Active mostly during the day, but some come to lights
Life Stage:(A) adult

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Cantharidae
( Imhoff, 1856 )
Common Name:Soldier Beetle

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Coleoptera
Suborder:Polyphaga
Family:Cantharidae
Taxon Code:COL00884
ITIS/TSN:113837

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Briones Regional Park, EBRPD, Briones Regional Park, 2537 Reliez Valley Rd., Martinez
County:Contra Costa County
ECI Site#:CAEB070000
Park/Forest Code:Briones Regional Park, EBRPD

RECOGNITION
Description
Adult beetles are soft and somewhat flattened, with parallel sides, long legs and long, usually threadlike antennae. Many species colorful--aposematic. Lack light organs. Head typically protrudes (somewhat) from under pronotum--mostly visible from above, unlike in Lampyridae. Tarsal formula 5-5-5, with the fourth segment lobed. Larvae usually velvety.

BIOLOGY
Biology_Food
Adults eat nectar, pollen, other insects; larvae are fluid-feeding predators, feed on insect eggs and larvae.

HABITAT
Adults mostly on vegetation, often on flowers; larvae in leaf litter, loose soil, rotten wood, etc.

CREDITS
Photographer
Mike Dame

References
BugGuide .
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