During the spring and summer months you may come across a range of soldier beetles as they feed in meadows and hedgerows. Both these species are fairly common and widespread. The adult beetle and the larvae are both hunters of soft-bodied insects, but the adults are often seen feeding on pollen.
Top image May 2012, bottom image May 2010, local field and woodland margins, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2010 and 2012.