Soldier Beetle (Cantharis rustica)

Whilst less common than the abundant soldier beetle, Rhagonicha fulva, Cantharis rustica is still a common beetle.

Another lover of the flowers of the carrot family but also a great devotee of thistles,in this case Creeping Thistle.

Soldier beetles derive this nickname from their bright colours which are said to resemble military uniforms.

Look out for this beetle in July and August when it is most abundant.

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