Cantharis rustica


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.

Identification difficulty

Areas with tall grasses, and in open woodland.

When to see it

Mid May to late June

Life History

It is a predator and hunts mainly on flowers.

UK Status

Common throughout England and Wales

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 64 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