Length 9 to 12.5 mm. There are several Cantharis beetles but this is one of the more common. It has black, shiny elytra (wing cases) covered in fine hairs, red femora (thighs) and a central dark mark in the centre of its red pronotum.
Areas with tall grasses, and in open woodland.
Mid May to late June
It is a predator and hunts mainly on flowers.
Common throughout England and Wales
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 64 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015