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.
Rushy pasture, open damp woodland, waterside vegetation
Late May to end of July
Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain
Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 19 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.
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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015