Rhagonycha limbata


A small (5 to 6 mm) golden brown beetle with a black head,black thighs and a large black mark on the pronotum which is shaped like a vase with an angled base.

Similar Species

Rhagonycha testacea is similar in size and colour but has all yellow legs. Cantharis decipiens is slightly larger (6-8mm) with the black mark on the pronotum shaped like a butternut squash and having a rounded base.

Identification difficulty

Typically occurring in open grassland on dry soils.

When to see it

Spring and summer.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 86 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