Cantharis rustica

    Description

    Length 9 to 12.5 mm. There are several Cantharis beetles but this is one of the more common. It has black, shiny elytra (wing cases) covered in fine hairs, red femora (thighs) and a central dark mark in the centre of its red pronotum.

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    Habitat

    Areas with tall grasses, and in open woodland.

    When to see it

    Mid May to late June

    Life History

    It is a predator and hunts mainly on flowers.

    UK Status

    Common throughout England and Wales

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 64 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map