Subject: Soldier Beetle?
July 27, 2016 4:51 am
We just had a large hatch of these, and hope that they are not enemies of my garden.
Signature: Farmer Bob
Dear Farmer Bob,
We just finished posting an especially lurid image of a group of Banded Net-Wing beetles, also from Massachusetts. According to the genus page on BugGuide: “adults take nectar; larvae prey on small arthropods under bark” which would make them a beneficial species in your garden.
I found a similar lurid scene atop my car this morning.