Cantharis thoracica - Cantharis thoracica
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.
Prefers vegetation in rivers, ponds and other damp sites.
Quite scarce and local in the UK.
Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 10 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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