Cantharis rustica

Description

9 to 12.5 mm. It has black, shiny elytra (wing cases) covered in fine hairs. The red/orange pronotum has a central black heart spot. The mid and hind tibia are black.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Your specimen should have these features:

  • 9-12.5mm
  • black wing cases
  • black heart-shaped spot on the pronotum
  • blackish tibia
Habitat

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.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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Species profile

Species group:
Beetles
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Coleoptera
Family:
Cantharidae
Records on NatureSpot:
133
First record:
31/05/2003 (Gould, David)
Last record:
15/06/2023 (Poole, Adam)

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