Soldier Beetles, Jewel Beetles and Glow-worms Recording Scheme

The Soldier Beetles, Jewel Beetles and Glow-worms Recording Scheme covers the species in families Buprestidae, Cantharidae, Drilidae, Lampyridae and Lycidae.

The scheme organiser is Keith Alexander (contact form; postal address: 59 Sweetbrier Lane, Heavitree, Exeter, EX1 3AQ).

An atlas has been published:

Mark Gurney has produced an identification guide to the larger UK soldier beetles (PDF download).

Blog/News

New guide to soldier beetles

Mark Gurney (who wrote the guide to beetle families on this website) has produced a brilliant new guide to the soldier beetles (genera Cantharis, Rhagonycha, Podabrus, Silis, and Ancistronycha).

Why call them soldier beetles?

According to Wikipedia, "The soldier beetles (Cantharidae) are relatively soft-bodied, straight-sided beetles. They are cosmopolitan in distribution.