Soldier Beetle
Mating, profile
Soldier Beetle
Female Antenna & Feet
Soldier Beetle (Chauliognathus sp ES1)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Soldier Beetle (Cantharidae)
Species: Soldier Beetle (Chauliognathus sp ES1)
This Photo:     Mating, ventral

EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
Now you may wander why so many photo's are taken of insects copulating.
It's not because there's a bunch of sicko insect porn freaks out there
It's because of 2 main reasons
1. The subjects stay still for longer and allow you to approach more closely = better photo
2. It allows us to see differences in gender (both size and markings)
Here we are able to deduce the female is larger. Also, the male has a small black dot on it's shield while the female has a large black round patch.
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee), and elsewhere
Possibly granulatus

Copyright © 2014- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 22-Mar-2014
This species is a South Australian Native Species, not listed in the Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.