12 to 22 mm. This species is identified by the combination of orange antennal clubs, an interrupted anterior red elytral band, the hind tibia being concave on the inside edge and the presence of golden hairs on the fore margin of the pronotum.
Usually found at carrion, but occasionally comes to light.
April to October.
They are scavengers, living off and breeding in rotten carcasses. They have a very good sense of smell and are reputed to be able to smell a carcass up to two miles away.
Widespread and frequent in central and southern England and Wales. Very local further north.
Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 41 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.
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