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  Order Coleoptera      Superfamily Cantharoidea 99,830  
  Lampyridae

Cantharidae (soldier beetles)

Drilidae  
The soldier beetles (Cantharidae) are rather flat, straight sided and soft-bodied species. They are normally quite colorful, e.g. red and black, hence the common name of the family. There are phytophagous as well as predacious species. The latter prey on aphids, caterpillars and other soft-bodied small insects. They supplement their diet with nectar and pollen. Worldwide approx. 4500 species are known, in Germany 86 species have been recorded. The small to medium-sized beetles are usually found in forests, on meadows and in gardens. A number of species can visits flowers and blossoms. The larvae feed on small insects, snails and worms. Occasionally they can be observed during winter crawling in the snow.
World: 4500 Europe: 530 Germany: 86 collected: 31 fraction: 36%

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11 - 13.5 mm
Podabrus alpinus
11 - 15 mm
Cantharis fusca
10 - 14.5 mm
Cantharis rustica
10.5 - 13.5 mm
Cantharis pellucida
5 - 7.5 mm
Cantharis fulvicollis
5 - 7 mm
Cantharis thoracica
5 - 6 mm
Cantharis paludosa
9 - 13 mm
Cantharis obscura
5 - 7 mm
Cantharis lateralis
9 - 11 mm
Cantharis nigricans
6 - 8.5 mm
Cantharis pagana
6 - 8 mm
Cantharis decipiens
9 - 13.5 mm
Cantharis livida
8 - 11.5 mm
Cantharis rufa
7 - 8 mm
Cantharis cryptica
6.5 - 8.5 mm
Cantharis figurata
11 - 14 mm
Ancistronycha cyanipennis
6.5 - 10 mm
Metacantharis clypeata
7 - 11.2 mm
Absidia rufotestacea
7 - 10 mm
Absidia schoenherri
6 - 9 mm
Rhagonycha lutea
7 - 10 mm
Rhagonycha fulva
9 - 11 mm
Rhagonycha translucida
5 - 6 mm
Rhagonycha testacea
5 - 6 mm
Rhagonycha limbata
5 - 7 mm
Rhagonycha lignosa
4.7 - 7.5 mm
Rhagonycha gallica
6 - 7.5 mm
Silis ruficollis ♂
3 - 4 mm
Malthinus punctatus ♂
3 - 4 mm
Malthinus balteatus
3.3 - 4 mm
Malthodes minimus


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Cantharidae (soldier beetles) – currently missing species (55):
  Cantharis annularis
  Cantharis tristis
  Cantharis pulicaria
  Cantharis liburnica
  Cantharis paradoxa
  Cantharis sudetica
  Cantharis quadripunctata
  Cantharis montana
  Cantharis pallida
  Ancistronycha abdominalis
  Ancistronycha erichsonii
  Metacantharis discoidea
  Absidia prolixa
  Rhagonycha nigriceps
  Rhagonycha elongata
  Rhagonycha atra
  Rhagonycha nigripes
  Rhagonycha improvisa
  Cratosilis denticollis
  Silis nitidula
  Malthinus seriepunctatus
  Malthinus fasciatus
  Malthinus facialis
  Malthinus glabellus
  Malthinus bilineatus
  Malthinus biguttatus
  Malthinus frontalis
  Malthodes debilis
  Malthodes flavoguttatus
  Malthodes dispar
  Malthodes caudatus
  Malthodes europaeus
  Malthodes transeuropaeus
  Malthodes fibulatus
  Malthodes misellus
  Malthodes maurus
  Malthodes fuscus
  Malthodes spretus
  Malthodes alpicola
  Malthodes guttifer
  Malthodes marginatus
  Malthodes mysticus
  Malthodes trifurcatus
  Malthodes boicus
  Malthodes hexacanthus
  Malthodes pumilus
  Malthodes montanus
  Malthodes spathifer
  Malthodes lobatus
  Malthodes subductus
  Malthodes crassicornis
  Malthodes holdhausi
  Malthodes dimidiaticollis
  Malthodes brevicollis
  Malthodes liegeli
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