7 to 8.5 mm. An orange/brown beetle with black rings above the 'knees' and all-yellow palps. There are several similar species and precise identification may need detailed examination - if we cannot be certain that an image is Cantharis cryptica but it is likely to be this species, it is highlighted in a red box.
Various habitats. It may be found in long grass, on umbel flowers, bushes and trees.
May to August peaking in July.
Widespread throughout England, Wales, more local in Scotland.
Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 61 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015