Common Red Soldier Beetle - Rhagonycha fulva
It has a red-orange body with a black tip.
Often seen on umbelifer flowers, such as Hogweed and Cow Parsley.
The adults are seen in July and August.
They are predatory on other insects visiting the flower they are resting on but also eat nectar and pollen.
A very common beetle throughout most of Britain.
Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 188 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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