Goldenrod Soldier Beetle

Goldenrod Soldier Beetle

One of the most common species of soldier beetles in the Midwest and Canada is the Goldenrod soldier beetle.

The beetles are soft-bodied orange and black beetles.

Name:Goldenrod Soldier Beetle
Scientific Name:Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus.
Life cycle: larvae that turn into soft body beetles
Found:Mainly in Midwest US and Canada
Habitat:Commonly found on plant vegetation around bodies of water.
Active:July – September

Flowers & Plants Commonly Found On


The beetle is found on Milkweed along with the Milkweed Bug, Tussock Moth, Caterpillar, and Monarch.

Milkweed is considered a host plant, that caterpillars and adult Monarchs, as well the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Skippers, and honey bees look to for its rich source of nectar.

Rattlesnake Master

Rattlesnake Master is a tallgrass prairie species, Rattlesnake Master grows from 3 to 5 feet tall, with flowers that have a sweet aroma that attracts various pollinators.


Goldenrod is a native plant in the United States. It grows 3’ to 6’ tall with yellow pyramid-shaped flower heads during the late summer and fall.

Plenty of insects love goldenrod like bees, damsels, and beetles.

Queen Anne’s Lace

Queen Anne’s Lace is a wildflower that grows up to 3 feet tall with beautiful white blooms. The blooms as they age look like cup-shaped bird nests.

The beetles do not cause harm to flower beds, gardens, and crop plants and will not bite or sting humans or pets.

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