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Soldier Beetle (Cantharis decipiens)

Taxonomy
Kingdom:Phylum:Class:Order:Family:Genus:Species:
AnimaliaArthropodaInsectaColeopteraCantharidaeCantharisC. decipiens


Yet another Soldier Beetle appeared in our garden. It showed up right after winter and it is therefore fair te assume it hibernated being an adult. Cantharis decipiens is a very common species all over Europe. The brown colour and the typical shape of the black spot on the neck shield are characteristic. It is a rather small species too, usually measuring 7 tot 9 mm. The adults appear as soon as the Hawthorn starts flowering. Later on the move to various other plants.



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