Family: Pyrochroidae (Cardinal Beetles) » Species: Pyrochroa coccinea (Linnaeus, 1761)
Identification: Length 15 to 20mm. This is a fairly large beetle with fiery red wing-cases and thorax, a small black head with feathery antennae, and black legs. Similar to Pyrochroa serraticornis, which has a red head.
Diet: The larvae predate on other insects under tree bark.
When Seen: May to July.
Habitat: Usually found resting on vegetation in hedgerows and woodland margins.
Distribution & Status: Common and widespread in the south of England and in Wales, becoming scarce further north and absent in Scotland.