28 Jun 2016.
Peace Valley Park, Bucks Co, PA.
Found on Penstemon digitalis at the border of a meadow and woods.
Beat from a conifer - also posted to BG here:
On yarrow aim meadow under power lines at Watkins Regional Park
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.