Submitted by AJ Cann on Tue, 13/06/2017 - 09:43

If you go out into the countryside at the moment it's hard to avoid the army of soldier beetles - brightly coloured and patterned Coleoptera - clambering to the tops of stems (frequently for a spot of al fresco sex). Although eye-catching, many species are very similar and surprisingly difficult to identify, so make sure you have a copy of this new fully-illustrated free guide to Guide to British Soldier Beetles by Mark Gurney in your pocket. And once you've identified them, send us your records please.