Yellow and black beetles
This guy looks like he eascaped a predator or had trouble emerging from pupa. Covered in pollen! On Ashy Sunflower.
In grassy field, captured in sweep net
Seen on New England Aster in a restored Sand Prairie.
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.