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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...

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,...

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

Look Ma, No Aphids!


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...

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)...

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...

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