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Soldier Beetles Common on Blossoms Now
This article was published originally on 7/1/2009
Soldier beetles are elongate-narrow, soft-bodied insects about ½ to ¾ inch in length. Colors vary from yellow to red with brown or black marks at the tips of the wings. Soldier beetlea are often especially noticeable at linden and other trees that are in bloom. The beetles swarm over the flowers in the daytime to feed on nectar. Other insects also find the aroma and nectar of linden trees irresistible: honey bees, flies, and armyworm moths among others.