This soldier beetle has dark greyish elytra, a black shiny head and a bright orange-red pronotum. The legs are entirely reddish-orange or with some black. Length 9 to 12mm.
It feeds on other invertebrates.
Seen May to July, in flowery habitats, including hedgerows, scrub, woodland margins and various grassy places. Common and widespread throughout Britain.
Photograph of Cantharis pellucida taken May 2014, local woodland margin, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2014. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.