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.
They are frequent visitors to thistles and umbelliferous flowers, where they probably prey on other flower-feeding insects.
May to August.
Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.
Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 14 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.
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