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

    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map