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Subject: Yellow & Black Bug
Location: Cloquet, MN
August 22, 2015 5:06 pm
This was seen today, August 22 in central Minnesota near the St. Louis River. The area is rocky, sandy and has a lot of weeds. It was crawling on a rock and in an effort to get a clear picture, accidentally turned it over. The abdomen had black and yellow striped coloring like a wasp. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of that, but did get these two photos. It is heading towards the southeast corner of the picture. It is 1/2 – 3/4″ long.
Signature: Squeamish Bug Lover

Goldenrod Soldier Beetle

Goldenrod Soldier Beetle

Dear Squeamish Bug Lover,
This is a Goldenrod Soldier Beetle, and now that summer is approaching its end, fall is almost upon us and the goldenrod is beginning to bloom, we expect submissions of Goldenrod Soldier Beetles to increase.

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Subject: What is this bug
Location: Northern Illinois, USA
August 23, 2015 2:06 pm
What’s this bug?
Signature: Jbmanz

Goldenrod Soldier Beetle

Goldenrod Soldier Beetle

This is a Goldenrod Soldier Beetle.

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Subject: Colorful Beetle
Location: Waunakee, Wisconsin
August 7, 2015 8:12 pm
Hello, hope you are both well!
We saw this colorful beetle when we were on a nature hike in Waunakee, Wisconsin last week. Such a beautiful hillside covered with wildflowers. Sunny day in the upper 80’s, on July 30th. Is it a soldier beetle?
Thank you!
Signature: Ellen

Goldenrod Soldier Beetle

Goldenrod Soldier Beetle

Dear Ellen,
This is most certainly a Soldier Beetle in the genus
Chauliognathus, and we believe it is most likely a Goldenrod Soldier Beetle, Chauliognathus pensylvanicus, which you can verify by comparing your individual to the images posted to BugGuide where it states the adults feed on:  ” pollen and nectar of fall flowers, esp. goldenrod”.

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Subject: Weird Bug
Location: Norfolk, United Kingdom
May 30, 2015 3:33 am
I found this weird bug in my tent at about 9:00 AM in the morning.
It looks like a soldier beetle, but doesn’t match all it’s features.
Any ideas?
Is it possible to breed/raise them?
I run a bug zoo, and I raise woodlice, caterpillars, house spiders, maggots, snails, crickets, etc, so this will be a good addition to it.
Sorry about the blurry pix – I was trying to use a USB Microscope on it!
Thanks,
Alex

Soldier Beetle

Soldier Beetle

Hi Alex,
We agree this looks like a Soldier Beetle.  A recent posting was identified as
Cantharis rusticaWe have no information on raising them in captivity.

 

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Subject: What is this bug?
Location: London
May 23, 2015 12:22 pm
Hi – my little boy is studying bugs and discovered the attached and asked me what it was???!
Can you help?
Signature: J

Soldier Beetle

Soldier Beetle

Dear J,
This is a Soldier Beetle in the family Cantharidae, and according to Eakring Birds:  “There are about 40 UK species of Soldier Beetles which belong to the Cantharidae family of beetles. Many species are common in Nottinghamshire and are a frequent sight on thistles and umbelliferous flowers during the Summer months. Some of the red Cantharidae beetles, were often commonly referred to by schoolboys as Bloodsuckers. They are however, completely harmless.”
  The image at the top of the page looks the most like your individual, but alas, it is not identified.  The Micropics site has images of Cantharis nigricans that look like a good match to your individual.

Thank you so much!! My son is thrilled

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Subject: On my tickseed plants?
Location: North pittsburgh pa
August 20, 2014 1:42 pm
I just noticed these on my tickseeds today…august 20… I love in southwestern pa. Can you please identify ?
Signature: Mike

Goldenrod Soldier Beetles Mating

Goldenrod Soldier Beetles Mating

Hi Mike,
As the common name Goldenrod Soldier Beetle implies, this species feeds on the pollen of goldenrod and other fall blossoms that produce copious amounts of pollen.

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