Black-headed Cardinal Beetle

Pyrochroa coccinea

Black-headed Cardinal Beetle Pyrochroa coccinea

This is a fairly large beetle with fiery red wing-cases and thorax, a small black head with feathery antennae, and black legs. Similar to Pyrochroa serraticornis, which has a red head. Length 15 to 20mm.

Black-headed Cardinal Beetle Pyrochroa coccinea

The larvae predate on other insects under tree bark.

Black-headed Cardinal Beetle Pyrochroa coccinea

Seen May to July, and usually found resting on vegetation in hedgerows and woodland margins. Common and widespread in the south of England and in Wales, becoming scarce further north and absent in Scotland.


May 2012, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2012.

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