Subject:  I can’t find the bug online anywhere!
Geographic location of the bug:  Massachusetts
Date: 06/25/2018
Time: 09:28 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Bugman,
I need your help identifying this bug. I have no where else to turn and I have searched for hours for an answer.
Thank you for your service
How you want your letter signed:  A bug wonderer

Soldier Beetle

Dear Bug Wonderer,
This is a Soldier Beetle in the family Cantharidae, and based on this BugGuide image, we believe it is
Cantharis rufa.  According to BugGuide:  “native to, and widespread across the Palaearctic, adventive in NA (e. Canada & ne. US: NF-ON to MA-NY).”  According to the family page on BugGuide:  “Adults eat nectar, pollen, other insects; larvae are fluid-feeding predators, feed on insect eggs and larvae,” hence they are beneficial.

Location: Massachusetts

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