Cantharis decipiens


The brown body and distinctly marked thorax help to distinguish this species from other Cantharis beetles.

Similar Species

Rhagonycha limbata has similar colours but the black mark on the pronotum has an angled and not rounded base. Rhagonycha testacea is also similar but here the black mark on the pronotum reaches the front edge - in the other species it stops short leaving a narrow yellow margin.

Identification difficulty

Can be found in a range of habitats, particularly where there are trees and shrubs, and particularly fond of Hawthorn blossom

When to see it

They are found from April through to late July/early August

UK Status

Fairly frequent throughout England and southern Scotland

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 84 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