Cantharis lateralis


Length: 5-7mm. The head and elytra are grey-black but the pronotum is orange, sometimes with small dark marks. The legs are usually all yellow/orange except the black rear tibiae.

Identification difficulty

On thistles and umbellifers.

When to see it

Late spring and summer.

UK Status

Widely distributed throughout southern England and the midlands to south Yorkshire with a few scattered records from the west country, west Wales, East Anglia and the north.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 37 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