Pyrochroa serraticornis (Scopoli, 1763)
Pyrochroa serraticornis is one of just three European species, all of which are found in the UK. They are more commonly known as Cardinal Beetles, due to their bright red coloration and belong to the Pyrochroidae family. The larva is carnivorous and lives under loose bark or within rotting wood. The adults are very conspicuous and quite common around the Eakring Flash area. All the ones we have found have been on foliage, usually at the top of long grass. They can be found from May-July.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Pyrochroa serraticornis
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. M L Denton (2002 Sherwood Forest Coleoptera survey). Netherfield Wildlife Group. Pauline Bradford. Martin Warne. Wil Heeney. Natural England - Invertebrate Site Register 2006. Tim Sexton. Meg Skinner. NBGRC. Julie Lockett. David Shaw. Brian Wetton.

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Updated November 2022

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