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Common red soldier beetle - Rhagonycha fulva - on leaf
Common red soldier beetle - Rhagonycha fulva - on leaf


Common red soldier beetle
The common red soldier beetle (Rhagonycha fulva) belongs to the family of soldier beetles. He comes in Europe and Asia.
Common red soldier beetle in a threesome
Common red soldier beetle in a threesome
Common red soldier beetles are 7 mm to 10 mm long. They are yellow-reddish colored on the whole body, with only the rear deck wing tips dark. The Common red soldier beetles have long probe, of which the first two limbs are reddish, the remaining are brown coloured. The legs are orange, the feet are dark.
Common red soldier beetle cleaning its wings
Common red soldier beetle cleaning its wings
Common red soldier beetles live in forests, fields, meadows and gardens. They are to find (often in groups) on flowers or leaves. They are active by day and feed on insects, young plants extensions or pollen.
Common red soldier beetle  - Rhagonycha fulva - mating
Common red soldier beetle - Rhagonycha fulva - mating
The larvae are looking stretched long, often soft and velvety dark colored. They feed on small insects and snails and live on the ground.
Rhagonycha fulva - view from beneath
Rhagonycha fulva - view from beneath
Common red soldier beetle with his head in a thistle´s blossom
Common red soldier beetle with his head in a thistle´s blossom
Rhagonycha fulva - front view
Rhagonycha fulva - front view

Rhagonycha (Rhagonycha) fulva
Common namesCommon red soldier beetle, Bloodsucker beetle
German namesRotbrauner Weichkäfer, Rotgelber Weichkäfer, Roter Weichkäfer
Dutch namesKleine Rode Weekschild, Soldaatje, Rood soldaatje
Danish namesPræstebille
Finnish namesTarhasylkikuoriainen
AuthorScopoli, 1763
Distribution
Continents:

Eurasia
Europe
North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain (England (English Midlands (East Midlands (Leicestershire))))), Ireland), Germany (West Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia)), Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland), Baltic region (Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia))), West Europe (Austria, France, Switzerland, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg)), South Europe (Italy (Italy Islands (Sicily, Sardinia), North Italy, South Italy), Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Portugal)), Central Europe (Poland, Czech Republic (Moravia, Bohemia), Slovakia), Southeast Europe (Bulgaria, Greece, Yugoslavia (Croatia)), East Europe (Ukraine, Belarus)
Asia
West Asia (Near East (Turkey))
Russia
America
North America
Canada (Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia)


Ecozones: Palaearctic, Nearctic

CountriesAustria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Links and ReferencesRhagonycha fulva in faunaeur.org
Rhagonycha fulva in dyntaxa.se
Rhagonycha fulva in Wikipedia (English)

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1. Common red soldier beetle - Rhagonycha fulva - on leaf
2. Common red soldier beetle in a threesome
3. Common red soldier beetle cleaning its wings
4. Common red soldier beetle - Rhagonycha fulva - mating
5. Rhagonycha fulva - view from beneath
6. Common red soldier beetle with his head in a thistle´s blossom
7. Rhagonycha fulva - front view
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Taxonomy
ClassInsecta
Insects, True insects
SubclassPterygota
Winged insects
InfraclassNeoptera
Wing-folding insects
SuperorderHolometabola
Holometabolous Insects
OrderColeoptera
Beetles, Coleopterans
SuborderPolyphaga
Polyphags
InfraorderElateriformia
SuperfamilyElateroidea
Click Beetles, Firefly Beetles, Soldier Beetles, Skipjack Beetles
FamilyCantharidae
Leatherwings, Soldier beetles, Sailor beetles, Cantharids
SubfamilyCantharinae
TribeCantharini
GenusRhagonycha
SubgenusRhagonycha
Speciesfulva
Rhagonycha fulva
Common red soldier beetle, Bloodsucker beetle
AuthorScopoli, 1763
 
Synonyms
Cantharis fulva
Cicindela maculata
Cicindella maculata
Rhagonycha bimaculatus
Rhagonycha cailloli
Rhagonycha curtithorax
Rhagonycha delahoni
Rhagonycha inapicalis
Rhagonycha terminalis
Rhagonycha usta
Telephorus bimaculata
Telephorus bimaculatus
Telephorus melanura
Telephorus melanurus
Telephorus usta
Telephorus ustus
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