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Soldier beetle

Cantharis pellucida - (family Cantharidae)

Soldier beetles are so-called because they are slender and straight, and often have red, black, blue or yellow colouring reminiscent of regimental uniforms. Cantharis pellucida is a common species, though the adults are seen only for a rather short period in early summer. They sit on flowers, waiting for other flower-visiting insects on which they prey, but also feeding on pollen and nectar themselves. The velvety larvae are predators found in grass litter in the spring and late summer.

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Tiny fairies

Fairy wasps are the smallest known insects, the tiniest species is only 0.139 mm long.

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