Soldier Beetles eat other insects, which works out well for a plant. The beetle scours leaves and stems, looking for prey that are likely trying to tap the plant for its nutrients. Removing such plant pests makes the Soldier's work welcome. They look like lightening bugs, but do not light up. This genus has species that may be black and red, or black and orange. Let the Soldier Beetle do its thing, and the plant it hunts on will be happier for it.
Scientific Name: Silis spp.
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 12mm (0.39in to 0.47in)
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Antennae: Beetles have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and mandibles (jaws).
Thorax: Holds the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Elytron: One of two wing cases on a Beetle that protects its wings (plural: elytra).
Wings: Appendages used for flying and kept under the elytra until needed.
Abdomen: Houses organs related to circulation, reproduction, and excretion.
Legs: Beetles have three pairs of legs located at the thorax, numbering six legs in all.