Cantharis pallida


This orangey soldier beetle is one of several similarly coloured beetles that belong to the Cantharidae group. In this species the head, pronotum and legs are all predominantly orange.

Identification difficulty

They are frequent visitors to thistles and umbelliferous flowers, where they probably prey on other flower-feeding insects.

When to see it

May to August.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 14 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