Cantharis rufa (Linnaeus, 1758)
A common species throughout the UK, but with relatively few Nottinghamshire records. Records show that Cantharis rufa is found in the southern-half of the county, but it is very easily overlooked. This may be down to the difficulties in identification many Cantharis species pose, as there can be extremes in colouration within species. Often more commonly known as Soldier Beetles, there are around 40 UK species and they are frequent visitors to flowers.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Cantharis rufa
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Allan and Annette Binding. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Charlie Barnes. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Wil Heeney. Meg Skinner.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2022

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