Subject: What is this bug?
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?
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