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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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10 July, 2015

Soldier Beetle: Cantharis rustica | Nature Notes from Dorset

There are over seventy members of the Cantharis genus of beetles but not all occur in Britain. Indeed very few are regularly seen and this one,Cantharis rustica, is one of the more common ones. It has a very common cousin that is a rusty colour whereas 'rustica' is not rusty at all, it has almost black wing cases (elytra). In any event, rustica means 'of the country' or rustic but it could be confusing if you link it with rust!
Cantharis rustica is at its most abundant in July and August and is often found of the flower heads of the carrot and daisy flower families 

Read more: Soldier Beetle: Cantharis rustica | Nature Notes from Dorset