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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Species profile

Species group:
Beetles
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Coleoptera
Family:
Cantharidae
Records on NatureSpot:
2
First record:
17/07/2014 (Gould, David)
Last record:
13/06/2022 (Sexton, Timothy)

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