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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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21 July, 2010

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.