Cantharis cryptica


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.

Identification difficulty

Various habitats. It may be found in long grass, on umbel flowers, bushes and trees.

When to see it

May to August peaking in July.

UK Status

Widespread throughout England, Wales, more local in Scotland.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 61 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map