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Soldier Beetle Look-a-Likes

Soldier beetles (Image 1) are general predators of small insects. The lightning bug (Image 2) is both a curiosity and beneficial insect. Knowing the difference is valuable for both educational and management purposes.

Features distinguishing soldier beetle from lightning bug.

Image 1. Soldier Beetle Adult

Features distinguishing lightning bug from soldier beetle.

Lightning Bug Adult.

More about Soldier Beetles.