Cantharis pellucida


    This common 'soldier beetle' has a red thorax and legs with black or grey elytra. The black 'mask' on its head gives it a rather goggle-eyed look.

    Identification difficulty

    Hedgerows and meadows. They are frequently found on open flowers such as Hawthorn and umbellifers where they feed on both nectar and pollen as well as predating other small insects.

    When to see it

    Early May to July

    Life History

    The larvae are like velvety caterpillars and they feed on the ground, hunting snails and other small creatures.

    UK Status

    Common throughout most of Britain

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 73 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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