One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An elongated flying beetle with soft downy wing cases, typically found on flowers, where it hunts other insects.
Family Cantharidae: several genera
- ‘In the rain today I found a handsome soldier beetle on a leaf of herb robert.’
- ‘Indeed, the soldier beetle must squeeze a lot of living into its short, one-year life span.’
- ‘The larvae of soldier beetles are on the move in the fall.’
- ‘Adult soldier beetles are elongate, soft-bodied beetles similar to fireflies.’
- ‘In addition, no members of the soldier beetles are able to ‘glow’.’
- ‘Her husband, Kenneth, was a mail carrier who happened to be a renowned connoisseur of soldier beetles.’
- ‘As adults, some soldier beetle species feed on nectar and pollen, while others are predators that hunt for aphids and other soft-bodied insects.’
- ‘The larvae of soldier beetles eat mainly slugs and snails.’
- ‘The immature stages of soldier beetles are somewhat like the immature forms of lady beetles but are larger and more slender.’
- ‘Three others, the rove beetles, fireflies and soldier beetles, are commonly encountered in home gardens.’
- ‘Two girls watch soldier beetles mating, the male expressively raising his middle two legs on either side now and then.’
- ‘Spined soldier beetle and two-spotted stink bug are commonly referred as the stink bugs.’
- ‘Again, soldier beetles are not pests and plants should not be sprayed where you see these beneficial insects.’
- ‘But other good beetles, like the soldier beetle and the common ground beetle, inhabit local yards.’
- ‘The larva of the soldier beetle will feed on small insects before burrowing in for the winter.’
- ‘This species of soldier beetle is called the Plague Soldier Beetle by gardeners because vast numbers of them appear on plants through spring, summer and autumn.’
- ‘Ground beetles, rove beetles, soldier beetles, longhorn beetles, click beetles, water beetles, tiger beetles, ladybirds, weevils, chafers, and many more, are all found in the Park.’
- ‘Like other soldier beetles it is relatively soft-bodied, the elytra being thin and rather flimsy, which perhaps relates to the fact that it spends much more time in flight than do most beetles.’
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