An elongated flying beetle with soft downy wing cases, typically found on flowers where it hunts other insects.
- Family Cantharidae: several genera.
- Two girls watch soldier beetles mating, the male expressively raising his middle two legs on either side now and then.
- Her husband, Kenneth, was a mail carrier who happened to be a renowned connoisseur of soldier beetles.
- But other good beetles, like the soldier beetle and the common ground beetle, inhabit local yards.
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Syllabification: sol·dier bee·tle
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