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

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map