Cantharis rustica

Cantharis rustica

This soldier beetle has a blackish elytra, a bright red pronotum with a dark central marking. The femora are also red. Length 12 to 16mm.

It feeds on other invertebrates. Seen May to June, and found in flowery habitats, including hedgerows, scrub, woodland margins and various grass places. Common and widespread, except for the far north.


May 2014, local woodland margin, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2014.

 

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