Red Soldier Beetle copulating…


The red soldier beetle (Rhagonycha fulva).

The red soldier beetle will grow up to a 1 centimeter. Nearly all their body is colored red yellowish.

One will find it very often in bushes or on grass and fields.
These beetles are active during the daylight hours, when they will hunt mostly for small insects on top of flowers.

This beetle is very common in Europe and Anatolia.
Introduced to North America, it is well established in British Columbia and Quebec and recently recorded in Ontario.
One will find it very often in bushes or on grass and fields.

After copulation the females will lay her eggs. The larvae are soil-dwellers which hunt for snails and insects.
After a year and several moults the larvae will pupate and then emerge as fully grown beetles.

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