Cantharis figurata


Length 6 to 8 mm. This soldier beetle has an orange body, a partially black head and a dark but diffuse mark on its pronotum, sometimes reduced to a few spots. It also has dark femora which change to orange before the tibial joint.

Identification difficulty

Rushy pasture, open damp woodland, waterside vegetation

When to see it

Late May to end of July

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 19 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