National Insect Week returns in 2022
Rhagonycha fulva – (family Cantharidae)
This is probably the commonest British soldier beetle and the adults are found later than other species, in July and early August. It is usually seen on flowers where it feeds on nectar and pollen, but also robs and eats other flower-visiting insects: it can also very often be seen mating. Although it is completely harmless to humans, children's folklore refers to this and other soldier beetles as ‘bloodsuckers'.