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The Annotated Budak: Nameless soldier by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Nameless soldier by @budak

from Java as an eight millimetre-long insect with a largely black head and antennae, but golden yellow face, mandibles and prothorax. The elytra are similarly coloured, save for a black outer margin, while the hindwings are iridescent with a milky tinge. The abdomen, however, is golden yellow and ends in a black apical segment. In form, though not in size, the animal described resembles another mysterious coleopteran encountered elsewhere in the reserves, and the generic label of 'fish tail' certainly fits both beasts. The cantharid, if this is indeed an aberrant soldier beetle, was unperturbed by the interest it aroused and continued its investigations of low shoots, assured perhaps by the bold hues that prompt caution in other creatures and have allowed its forebears to wander with a folly fatal to less vile bodies.

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