Identified on May 24, 2011 by Henri Goulet at Agriculture Canada, Ottawa.
Found resting on vinyl siding of house. Approximately 2:15 pm. Weather: sunny and 70 degrees.
Brief description of what you observed
Third floor porch about half a mile from a brackish marshland. Striped abdomen (yellow and black) no visible stinger. Not aggressive.
Cantharis livida Linnaeus, 1758, to Robinson trap, Søborg, Denmark, 23/24 June 2015
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.