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.
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Rattlesnake Master is a tall grass 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, blister beetles, damsels, and additional beetles.
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Sometimes these beetles occur in such great numbers on the goldenrod blossoms as to bend the plant down by their weight. Here they are in constant motion, crawling over the plant and over each other. But they can fly readily, and do so often, passing from cluster to cluster.
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.
Photos of Goldenrod Soldier Beetle
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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