Friday Beetle Blogging: Podabrus soldier beetle


A Podabrus soldier beetle hides away in the leafy folds of an understory plant in an eastern deciduous forest.  Soldier beetles (family Cantharidae) are predators of other arthropods.

photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 50D

ISO 100, 1/250 sec, f13, flash diffused through tracing paper

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That's what they're called! Thank you! I've got like a hundred of them out in the garden.

By MrILoveTheAnts (not verified) on 12 Jun 2009 #permalink

Are they good for the garden? I can't find more info - but have a huge amount of them flying around my pines and ornamental plum trees.

By Anonymous (not verified) on 18 Jun 2009 #permalink