Cantharis pellucida


9-12mm. Dark to black elytra and an all-orange/red pronotum. It has thin bands at the tip of the hind femora and typically with dark mid-tibia.

Similar Species

Cantharis nigricans has broad black bands at the end of the femora and overall has a duller and more yellowish appearance.

Identification difficulty
ID checklist (your specimen should have all of these features)

Your specimen should have these features:

  • 9-12mm
  • a narrow black band at the tip of the hind femora
  • orange/red pronotum, evenly coloured
  • typically with dark middle tibia
  • abdomen is bright orange (but not easy to see in live specimens)

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.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
31/05/1997 (Derek Lott)
Last record:
04/05/2024 (Edwards, Jo)

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