Live in meadows with goldenrod. Native to North America
Feeds on pollen and nectar or tall goldenrod. The eggs are deposited in soil or on leaves in the spring
these guys were just all over the Queen Anne's Lace, so cool
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.