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Jul 11, 2011 8:51 PM

orange beetle???

This was running and flying about on the plants in an area of waste meadowland.  It moved so fast I had difficulty in getting a picture.  It was about 1cm long and (I think) had fairly long black antennae, about a third the length of the body.  At first I thought it might be a wasp because of the way it ran about, but when it flew it did seem to have two pairs of "wings", the top orange ones held stiff as with a beetle's eleytra.
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    Jul 15, 2011 11:26 PM (in response to Drosophila)
    Re: orange beetle???
    It's Rhagonycha fulva (a species of soldier beetle). They're very common at the moment. Look on the flower tops of umbellifers in particular.
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