Soldier Beetle

Pest: Lady Beetle, Lady Bug (Cantharidae family)

Pest Type: Beneficial Insect, Predaceous Beetle

Major Identifying Features: Adults are long and narrow, 1/2 inch long with a red, orange or yellow head and abdomen and black, gray or brown soft wing covers, larvae are dark, elongate, and flattened

Life Cycle: Complete metamorphosis

Pest Rating: Beneficial!

Management Rating: Beneficial!

Host/Season/Outbreak Information: Larvae feed under bark or in soil or litter

Support Information/Common Prey: For adults: aphids, for larvae: eggs and larvae of soil-dwelling beetles, butterflies, moths and other insects

Management/Attraction Options: Provide bark, soil, and litter, commercially not available

Source:

http://www.ipm.ucanr.edu

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