Cantharis nigra


The black elytra (wing covers) are shiny and have a layer of very fine hairs. The pronotum can be all black or may have varying amounts of red.

Photo ID?

Hay meadows, and damper grassland especially near to marsh and water.

When to see it

Late May to late July

UK Status

Relatively common across England and southern Scotland

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 73 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map