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

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map