Black-headed Cardinal Beetle – Pyrochroa coccinea

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Family: Pyrochroidae (Cardinal Beetles) » Species: Pyrochroa coccinea (Linnaeus, 1761)

A bright red beetle with a black head
A bright red beetle with a black head

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.

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