This gallery contains 3 photos. A Common Red Soldier Beetle, photographed wandering on flowering carrot and asparagus in the backyard on July 5. The striking crimson hues drew me to him, as did his antennae–which are almost the same length as his body!
He seems to be quite aware of the lens trained on him. (Now if only humans could be this attentive). I’d swear that he was even smiling for the camera when he was walking on the flowering carrot!
This helpful insect is a gardener’s friend, and keeps aphids, slugs, and snails at bay. So he eats a little pollen and nectar … I’d say he’s entitled!