Subject: Soldier Beetle?
Location: Southwestern CT
June 13, 2016 11:10 am
This beetle is feeding on the flowers of Bishop’s Weed (agapotum). It is not chewing the petals but appears to be searching for tiny insects.
Is it some kind of soldier beetle?
Signature: Susan in CT
Dear Susan in CT,
This is NOT a Soldier Beetle, and we believe we have correctly identified your Flower Longhorn as Trigonarthris proxima thanks to images posted to BugGuide. Of the genus, BugGuide notes: “Adults take nectar and/or pollen at flowers.” This is a new species for our site.
Thank you so much for your quick response. The coloring wasn’t quite right for the soldier beetle but I didn’t know what else it could be. Will look up Flower Longhorn.
I only saw one of them on one afternoon. It hasn’t returned.