Cantharis nigra

    Alternative names
    Cantharis thoracica
    Description

    Very similar to the red pronotum variety of Cantharis flavilabris, but in C. nigra the scutellum is red (black scutellum in the red pronotum variety of C. flavilabris)

    Similar Species

    The red pronotum variety of Cantharis flavilabris (see above).

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Photographs required showing clearly the pronotum and scutellum.

    Habitat

    Hay meadows, and damper grassland.

    When to see it

    Late May to late July.

    UK Status

    It appears to be widespread in England and Wales, but true status is difficult to determine as the name Cantharis nigra was previously given to a totally different species.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland is difficult to determine as the name Cantharis nigra was previously given to a totally different species.

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