Cantharis thoracica - Cantharis thoracica

Description

This is quite a small species, measuring around 9mm. It has black head and elytra with a red thorax and legs. There are several other species, which are very similarly marked/coloured, so care has to be taken when identifying.

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Habitat

Prefers vegetation in rivers, ponds and other damp sites.

When to see it

Summer.

UK Status

Quite scarce and local in the UK.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 10 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map