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Pennsylvania Leatherwing, Goldenrod Soldier Beetle, Soldier Beetle (Chauliognathus pensylvanicus)

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Order: Coleoptera (ko-lee-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Cantharidae
Genus: Chauliognathus
Species: pensylvanicus

Profile:

6 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Regional...

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Barling, Arkansas
Deer, Arkansas
Algonquin, Illinois
Lombard, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Benton, Kentucky
Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Millersville, Maryland
Bay City, Michigan
Flushing, Michigan
Albertville, Minnesota
Efland, North Carolina
Greensboro, North Carolina
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Stilwell, Oklahoma
Westville, Oklahoma
Albion, Pennsylvania
Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Renfrew, Pennsylvania
Kyles Ford, Tennessee
Houston, Texas
Sterling, Virginia
Neenah, Wisconsin
Watertown, Wisconsin

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Member Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive melody On Jul 25, 2006, melody from Benton, KY
(Zone 7a) wrote:

This is a Good Guy Bug...the adult eats pollen , nectar and small insects, the larvae eats grasshopper eggs, small catepillars and beetles.

The adults are about 1/2" long and they are found in meadows, fields and grasslands east of the Rocky Mountains.

Several species are actually used for a biological control of the Corn Earworm.

Positive sallyg On Aug 4, 2006, sallyg from Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b) wrote:

Common here in central Maryland on flowers for the pollen.

Positive MsKatt On Aug 18, 2008, MsKatt from Mid-Michigan, MI
(Zone 5b) wrote:

These were all over my Sweet Autumn Clematis! I'm glad to find out that they are beneficial.

Positive LetaAnne On Sep 22, 2008, LetaAnne from Kyles Ford, TN wrote:

We have this insect in our neck of the woods in eastern Tennessee. I'm glad to read that it is possibly beneficial for controlling the corn ear worm, since I need all the help I can get! I think this is a beautiful bug.

Positive aabeck On Sep 1, 2011, aabeck from Elizabethtown, KY wrote:

I am so angry with myself! Being new to the area, and new to gardening, I thought these were a type of cucumber beetle, and destroyed them. Ironic, since I'm trying to use organic methods as much as possible, and these guys would have been such a help!

Positive nutsaboutnature On Aug 25, 2012, nutsaboutnature from Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a) wrote:

I just found out what these were a few minutes ago and I'm thrilled! It's so rare to have an insect "just show up" that turns out to be beneficial.

I didn't recall ever seeing them before so when I started noticing them on my Gaillardia I posted a question...along with pics...on DG Insect and Spider Identification. Within a very few minutes I got a definitive answer from Flapdoodle (along with a link to a photo).

Now that I know more about them I sure hope they stick around for a while!

By-the-way, they really are kind of a pretty color combo.


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