Subject: Which bug is this please
Location: East Peckham, Kent, TN12 5DP
July 7, 2017 9:33 am
Please could you identify this bug. Found on Cloud trees.
It is around 1cm, with an orange body similar style to a wasp with lines on body. Looks 4 legged, and flies. Wings are more red/brown with a black tip. Two long antennae on the head.
We are pretty confident we have correctly identified your Common Red Soldier Beetle, Rhagonycha fulva, thanks to Nature Spot where it states: “Often seen on umbelifer flowers, such as Hogweed and Cow Parsley” and “They are predatory on other insects visiting the flower they are resting on but also eat nectar and pollen.” According to BugGuide: “well-established in British Columbia and Quebec [Pat Bouchard]; recently recorded in Ontario from BugGuide photos here and here native to Eurasia; introduced to North America some time ago.”