Soldier beetles resemble fireflies in body type. Their wings have a downy hair covering. They may be found resting on vegetation during the day. These beetles will eat pollen and nectar but may also feed on other small insects.

These insects do no real damage to plants so there is no need for control measures.

Note: We have provided some general information and observations on this topic aimed at the home gardener. Before you take any serious action in your landscape, check with your state's land grant university's Cooperative Extension Service for the most current, appropriate, localized recommendations.

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