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Soldier Beetles XXX

By Metro6R4  
Many thanks to Achieverswales, Gypsyman & pluckyfilly for there user awards yesterday....

I was going to put this in the adult section....

There are about 40 UK species of Soldier Beetles which belong to the Cantharidae family of beetles. Many species are common in Nottinghamshire and are a frequent sight on thistles and umbelliferous flowers during the Summer months. Some of the red Cantharidae beetles, were often commonly referred to by schoolboys as Bloodsuckers. They are however, completely harmless.

Latin name: Rhagonycha fulva
Size: Approximately 10mm long.
Distribution: Found throughout the UK. Common.
Months seen: March to October.
Habitat: Grassland, waste ground, gardens and woodland edges.
Food: Small soft-bodied insects.

Tags: Red Fly Insect Beetle Bug Close-up and macro

Voters: achieverswales, jason_e, pluckyfilly and 20 more


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Comments


achieverswales 6 8 101 Wales
29 Jul 2012 10:11AM
Stunning macro image Paul and a super B/G. At my age I forget what they are doing.

Regards

Trev.

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pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2012 10:26AM
WOW! some shot - well done
Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
29 Jul 2012 11:09AM
Good image and an educational description too, just how I like images to be....

Ade
NDODS Plus
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2012 12:55PM
A very intimate slice of a bugs life, superbly captured. Love the colours and the cracking detail.

Regards Nathan
Gypsyman 6 662 England
29 Jul 2012 1:01PM
All those times I have been out with you and the Camera, you have never shown me these actions. Eric.
Metro6R4 6 3 1 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2012 1:15PM

Quote:All those times I have been out with you and the Camera, you have never shown me these actions. Eric.


Your not old enough for this type of shot............ it may give you ideas!!!!!!
Tibetan 4 3 England
29 Jul 2012 1:22PM
Did not stop her from having lunch at the same time lol. great detail nice sharp clear shot like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin more beetles to come then!.
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
29 Jul 2012 1:22PM
Must be some reason they are Called Soldier Beetles surely not because they are the randiest insects around. Impressive macro photography. I have photographed them this morning doing the very same thing.

Albert
Norfolkboy 10 1 4 England
29 Jul 2012 3:58PM
Superb capture, Paul.
Colin
footloose 5 1 England
29 Jul 2012 9:17PM
Back on top!!!! excuse the pun,great image,you will wear that new lens out at this rate,
Dennis

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