Many mating on the umbellifers and elsewhere around the farm. This pair I got onto the ruler for a scale photograph.
En Paco´s Reserva Natural de Flora y Fauna Silvestre
Location: Europe > Portugal > Algarve
Date Photo Taken: March 9, 2008
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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.