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The Soldier Beetle

Soldier BeetleThe solider beetle is again distinctive because of its unique appearance. They have a red body and a black head, similar to those of certain military uniforms, hence the name. The beetles are elongate, soft-bodied and about 1/2-inch long. Both adults and their larvae are predacious, and feed on other insects. The adults eat soft-bodied insects such as caterpillars and aphids.

As they lie in wait for prey on flowers, they may feed on nectar and pollen but they are harmless to the plants.

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