Cantharidae: Indopolemius dimidiatus (Fabricus), probably. Udawattakele Sanctuary, Kandy, Sri Lanka. Identification based only on recollection of specimens from Kanneliya (1985) which were compared with I. dimidiatus specimens identified by Wittmer in Colombo Museum collection.
Belotus abdominalis. Palm Hammock Trail, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville, Brevard County, Florida, USA.
Locality: NEW ZEALAND AK, Auckland 1072, suburb of Saint Johns, University of Auckland Tamaki Campus.
Habitat: Long grass.
Identification: Malthodes pumilus (Brebisson, 1835).
Initially misidentified by me as a longhorn beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) but thanks to iNaturalist Curator Boris Büche correctly identified as a soldier beetle, Margined Leatherwing Chauliognathus marginatus (Cantharidae). On Yellow Sweet Clover, trail at Salt Marsh Nature Center, Marine Park, Brooklyn, NY.
Many individuals - 50-100
The soldier beetles, Cantharidae, are relatively soft-bodied, straight-sided beetles, related to the Lampyridae or firefly family, but unable to produce light. They are cosmopolitan in distribution. One common British species is bright red, reminding people of the red coats of soldiers, hence the common name. A secondary common name is leatherwing, obtained from the texture of the wing covers.