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Species Cantharis rufa

soldier beetle? - Cantharis rufa Beetle - Cantharis rufa Soldier beetle with a milkweed pollinium on each foot - Cantharis rufa Cantharis rufa larva - Cantharis rufa Cantharid - Cantharis rufa - male Cantharidae - Cantharis rufa Cantharidae - Cantharis rufa Cantharis rufa
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 Cantharis
Species rufa (Cantharis rufa)
Explanation of Names
Cantharis rufa Linnaeus 1758
9-11 mm(1)
adventive to ne. NA (MA-MN / PE-MB) - Map (1)(2), native to, and widespread across the Palaearctic(3)
fields, alvars, semi-open areas, maple forests, sometimes young conifer forests(1)
May-Jul, peak in mid-Jun(1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.The Cantharidae of Eastern Canada and Northeastern United States
Pelletier G., Hébert C. 2014. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification 25.
2.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
3.Keys to the insects of the Far East of the USSR, Vol. 2. Homoptera and Heteroptera
Lehr, P. A., ed. 1988. Leningrad, Nauka Publishing House.