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Soldier beetles mating

Soldier beetles mating

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DR. JOHN BRACKENBURY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR. JOHN BRACKENBURY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Soldier beetles (Cantharis rustica) mating. Soldier beetles, also known as leatherwings, 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 hang around flowers waiting for other insects coming to feed on nectar and pollen. Photographed in the UK, in July.

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