Saturday, May 28, 2011

soldier forth

Margined soldier beetle (Chauliognathus marginatus)

When you are an eight-year-old at heart, you cannot wait for warm weather because it brings out the insects.  Copious amounts of the six-legged creatures. 

I was just beginning to focus on this cluster of verdant, new leaves when a margined soldier beetle (Chauliognathus marginatus) trundled through the composition. Lucky me. Right?

There are many species of soldier beetle; the common name comes from one prevelant British species that is bright red like the coats the English army wore. Also known as leatherwings, as a group they are handy to have around your home because they feed on garden pests like aphids, caterpillars and grasshopper eggs. (I wonder how many grasshopper eggs you'd need to make an omelet?)


Marie (once The Tile Lady) said...

One grasshopper egg perhaps for one small creature to eat such an omelet:-) I remeber seeing a soldier beetle very like this one. Love the lush green foliage, and his neat markings as he walks along it.

Stephen Lyn Bales said...

Hello Marie.

Yes. I was actually focusing on that beautiful foliage when the beetle landed on it.

Great hearing from you.