Sunday, July 12, 2015

Red Soldier (Bloodsucker) beetle

There is a definite sense of Life at full throttle out there. July is the month with the most species of plants in flower. I'm not sure if it's the month with the most insects engaging in sexual activity, but if the Red Soldier beetle were the benchmark it would certainly be the case. Also misnamed the Bloodsucker beetle, Rhagonycha fulva is widespread and easy to find on open-flowered species such as common hogweed and wild carrot, where not infrequently they will be having sex.
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