Rustic Sailor Beetle Cantharis rustica

Rustic Sailor Beetle
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Rustic Sailor Beetle 2 hearts beating as one
There are many species of soldier beetle, elongated carnivorous beetles often found on flowers. The name soldier is after the red and black uniforms that soldiers used to wear. The Rustic Sailor Beetle is a "soldier beetle" with a red and black (or very dark green or blue-black) livery and a distinctive heart on its pronutum.
Rustic Sailor Beetle
Rustic Sailor Beetle
Rustic Sailor Beetle
Soldier beetles with black or dark wing cases are often called Sailor Beetles. The Rustic Sailor is common throughout Europe, including the UK. Adults are 9-12mm long.