Cantharis nigra

    Description

    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.

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    Habitat

    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