Cantharis thoracica


    This is quite a small species, measuring around 9mm. It has black head and elytra with a red thorax and legs. There are several other species, which are very similarly marked/coloured, so care has to be taken when identifying. One important feature is the red scutellum which helps distinguish this species from the red pronotumed variety of C. nigra.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    The colour of the scutellum must be visible in a photograph or recorded in the comments field.


    Prefers vegetation in rivers, ponds and other damp sites.

    When to see it


    UK Status

    Quite scarce and local in the UK.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 10 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map