Cardinal Beetle - Pyrochroa serraticornis


One of several Cardinal Beetles, this species has a red head to distinguish it from P. coccinea which has a black head.

Identification difficulty

Adult Larva


On flowers, trunks and stumps where it hunts other insects.

When to see it

Between May and July.

Life History

It is a predator.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 108 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