Margined Leatherwing Soldier Beetle (Chauliognathus marginatus)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Margined Leatherwing Soldier Beetle (Chauliognathus marginatus)

Butterflies and bees arent the only pollinators. These adult Soldier Beetles feed on pollen and nectar. Adult is also predatory, possibly taking eggs?

Larva is predatory, known to attack corn earworm and corn borer.

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/2668

Dorsal View:

https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/margined-leatherwing-soldier-beetle-chauliognathus-marginatus/

Shown on Florida Native Plant: MANYFLOWER MARSHPENNYWORT (Hydrocotyle umbellata)

My take: http://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2016/03/21/pollinators-soldier-boy-oh-my-little-soldier-boy/

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