Soldier Beetle  (two photos)
Chauliognathus fasciatus

soldier beetle

Soldier Beetle in the desert near St. George, Utah.  This beetle is omnivorous, with the larvae feeding on insects such as aphids, and
the adult existing mostly on nectar.  Thus, it is a beneficial insect and its color serves as a warning to leave it alone.  It has a
toxic compound in its system to deter predators and insect collectors.  © Carol Davis, 10-18-2008

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