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Dozens of Soldier beetles feeding and mating on Catclaw Acacia catkins. Rainy day.
My camera wouldn't focus on the right thing as this soldier beetle was constantly moving.
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.