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Posts Tagged: soldier beetles

The Love Bugs

Ladybugs and soldier beetles--along with aphids--on a plum tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"You can never be too rich, too young, too blonde or too thin," a quote often attributed to Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor.Well, you can never have too many ladybugs, aka lady beetles, in your garden.These colorful beetles devour aphids and other...

Ladybugs and soldier beetles--along with aphids--on a plum tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ladybugs and soldier beetles--along with aphids--on a plum tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ladybugs and soldier beetles--along with their prey, aphids--on a plum tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Fast-moving soldier beetle crawls toward a pair of ladybugs on a plum tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Fast-moving soldier beetle crawls toward a pair of ladybugs on a plum tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Fast-moving soldier beetle crawls toward a pair of ladybugs on a plum tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ladybug eggs mean more ladybugs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ladybug eggs mean more ladybugs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ladybug eggs mean more ladybugs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 6:14 PM
Tags: aphids (4), lady beetles (1), ladybugs (2), soldier beetles (5)

The Leather Wings

Soldier Beetle

Some call them "soldier beetles."Some call them "leather-winged beetles."Some call them "Cantharids" (family Cantharidae).Whatever you call them, be sure to welcome them to your garden. They eat aphids, lots of aphids. Like the good soldiers they are,...

Soldier Beetle
Soldier Beetle

SOLDIER BEETLE, perched on a plum tree leaf, checks it surroundings. It's an avid aphid-eater. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ready for Flight
Ready for Flight

SOLDIER BEETLE opens its wings, ready to take flight. This insect is also called a "leather-winged beetle" or a Cantharid (from family Cantharidae).(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Look Ma, No Aphids!

Before

Got aphids? The important work that soldier beetles (family Cantharidae) do is never more exemplified than in the "before" and "after" photos. When the aphids landed on our rose bushes, a few ladybugs came to dine, but the...

Before
Before

BEFORE the soldier beetles came to visit, aphids clustered on the rose bushes to suck out plant juices. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

After
After

AFTER the soldier beetles came to visit, they cleaned off the aphids (with the help of a few ladybugs). "Look, Ma! No aphids!" (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Lone soldier beetle
Lone soldier beetle

SOLITARY soldier beetle scours for aphids on a rose leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, April 27, 2009 at 6:40 PM
Tags: aphids (4), soldier beetles (5)

Ready for the Day

Aphid in early morning sun

Insects are cold-blooded so their temperature coincides with their environment. Before the sun rises, they lie ever so still. As the sun warms them, they stir ever so slowly. At 6 a.m. yesterday, we checked the roses for aphids (yes, they were there)...

Aphid in early morning sun
Aphid in early morning sun

EARLY MORNING SUN warms an aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Soldier Beetle
Soldier Beetle

WHERE'S BREAKFAST? A soldier beetle searches for aphids on a rose bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Quick Turn
Quick Turn

QUICK TURN--A ladybug executes a quick turn on a rose leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Upside Down
Upside Down

UPSIDE DOWN--A ladybug scoots under a rose leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, April 24, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Good Soldiers

Three's Company

They're good soldiers, those soldier beetles. Members of the family Cantharidae, they are beneficial insects that eat other insects, especially aphids and caterpillars--but just about any soft-bodied insect will do. If no insects are available, you'll...

Three's Company
Three's Company

THREE'S COMPANY--Three soldier beetles search for aphids on a rose bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Eating an aphid
Eating an aphid

EATING AN APHID--A soldier beetle dines on an aphid on a rose leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

AphId in Flight
AphId in Flight

APHID IN FLIGHT--An aphid flies toward a rose bush, unaware that two predators--soldier beetles--lie in wait. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Antennae
Antennae

ANTENNAE of a soldier beetle. This is a beneficial insect that eats aphids, caterpillars and other soft-bodied insects.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 4:14 PM
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