- Posted August 25, 2013 by
tagbilaran city, Philippines
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Photo essays: Your stories in pictures
I know that they are totally harmless. They won't bite, no stings, or anything like that because I can touch them without hurting me.
They are related to the Lampyridae or firefly, but unable to produce light. One common British species is bright red (the first photo), reminding people of the red coats of soldiers, hence the common name. A secondary common name is leatherwing, obtained from the texture of the wing covers.
Adult soldier beetles are easy to find during the summer. Look for them on flowers and weedy plants in lawns, meadows, and on the edges of woodlands. Most soldier beetles are relatively slow-moving and easy to capture.
And they are not considered pests!