common name: Soldier Beetle
scientific name: Order Coleoptera, family Cantheridae, many species, Chaubiognathus pennsylvanicus
size: 1/2" to 3/4"
identification: Adults are long, narrow, soft-bodied beetles, often orange or red with black or brown wings. Both larvae and adults are easily identified by their velvety covering. Wings are soft and parchment-like and don’t always reach the tip of the abdomen.
habitat: Soldier beetles like to do their hunting in yarrow, daisies, and other flowering plants.
feeding habits: Aphids and other small insects pests.
economic importance: Beneficial.
natural control: None needed.
organic control: None needed.
insight: Colorful and highly beneficial insect that should be protected. Not seen that often but worth knowing about.