Cantharis nigricans


Length 9 to 11 mm. One of the soldier beetles with grey-black elytra and a yellow-orange pronotum which may have a central darker mark. The black on the orange hind legs extends above the 'knee'.

Identification difficulty

Hedgerows and flower meadows where they visit blossom and flowers such as Hogweed.

When to see it

Peaking May to July

Life History

Cantharidae larvae live on the ground and are carnivorous, feeding on smaller insects. The adults are also carnivorous, but are greatly attracted to flowers where they hunt other flower-visiting insects.

UK Status

Widespread and quite common in Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 80 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