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Species Rhagonycha fulva - Common Red Soldier Beetle

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Elateriformia)
Superfamily Elateroidea
Family Cantharidae (Soldier Beetles)
Subfamily Cantharinae
Tribe Cantharini
Genus Rhagonycha
Species fulva (Common Red Soldier Beetle)
Other Common Names
Hogweed Bonking Beetle in England.
Explanation of Names
Rhagonycha fulva (Scopoli 1763)
Size
7-10 mm; female larger than male
Identification
Adult: elytra orange basally, shading to brown distally, and terminating in black tips; head and pronotum orangish-red, pronotum as wide as elytra posteriorly, narrower anteriorly; antennae long, black, except for basal segment; tip of abdomen extends slightly beyond elytra; underside orangish-red; femora orangish-red, tibiae slightly darker, tarsi blackish
Range
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
Habitat
fields, meadows, hedgerows; adults often found on flowerheads of herbaceous plants during the day
Season
adults Jun-Aug (BG data)
Food
adults feed on small insects that visit flowers; larvae feed on snails, slugs, and ground-dwelling insects
Life Cycle
one generation per year; overwinters as a larva
Remarks
very common and widespread in Europe
See Also
Wharf Borer (Nacerdes melanura) has dark femora, pale antennae, and a different-shaped pronotum:


Other congeners lack black-tipped elytra and/or other color and size characteristics described above.
Internet References
narrated video of adults on flowers
common name reference [Hogweed Bonking Beetle]