Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Soft-bodied beetles - the Soldier Beetle

When people think about beetles, they think about a hard kibble-sized insect like june bugs or lady bugs. But beetles come in soft-body form too, the most famous being the firefly!  The Soldier Beetle can often be found on nectar producing flowers, their favorite food of course. Here is one feasting on a tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica). There are a bunch of different soldier beetle species and I have absolutely no clue how to tell them apart so I'm not even going to try.  Maybe one of my entomological readers can help.






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