|A relatively common species, Cantharis cryptica is often commonly referred to by schoolboys as Bloodsucker. It belongs to the Cantharidae group which are known as Soldier Beetles. There are about 40 UK species, including several similar species and they are frequent visitors to thistles and umbelliferous flowers, where they probably prey on other flower-feeding insects as C. cryptica is a carnivorous species.|
|UK distribution of Cantharis cryptica|
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