Cantharis pellucida - Cantharis pellucida
This common 'soldier beetle' has a red thorax and legs with black or grey elytra. The black 'mask' on its head gives it a rather goggle-eyed look.
Hedgerows and meadows. They are frequently found on open flowers such as Hawthorn and umbellifers where they feed on both nectar and pollen as well as predating other small insects.
Early May to July
The larvae are like velvety caterpillars and they feed on the ground, hunting snails and other small creatures.
Common throughout most of Britain
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 73 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.
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