High-speed photo of a soldier beetle in flight

High-speed photo of a soldier beetle in flight

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Credit: DR. JOHN BRACKENBURY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Soldier beetles. High-speed photograph of a soldier beetle (Cantharis cryptica or rustica) in flight. Soldier beetles are also known as "leatherwings", they get their name from the soft, cloth-like wing covers. When these are brightly coloured they are reminiscent of uniforms. Soldier beetles are predatory. They wait by flowers for other insects coming to feed on nectar and pollen.

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Keywords: animal, beetle, cantharis cryptica, cantharis rustica, flight, high-speed photo, in flight, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, leatherwing, nature, soldier, soldier beet, soldier beetle, wildlife, zoology

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