Cantharis nigricans

    Description

    Length 9 to 11 mm. One of the soldier beetles with grey-black elytra and a yellow-orange pronotum which may have a central darker mark. The black on the orange hind legs extends above the 'knee'.

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    Habitat

    Hedgerows and flower meadows where they visit blossom and flowers such as Hogweed.

    When to see it

    Peaking May to July

    Life History

    Cantharidae larvae live on the ground and are carnivorous, feeding on smaller insects. The adults are also carnivorous, but are greatly attracted to flowers where they hunt other flower-visiting insects.

    UK Status

    Widespread and quite common in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 80 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map