Cantharis pallida

    Description

    This orangey soldier beetle is one of several similarly coloured beetles that belong to the Cantharidae group. In this species the head, pronotum and legs are all predominantly orange.

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    Habitat

    They are frequent visitors to thistles and umbelliferous flowers, where they probably prey on other flower-feeding insects.

    When to see it

    May to August.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 14 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map