Cantharis livida (Linnaeus, 1758)
A fairly common species, Cantharis livida is one of several similarly coloured species which schoolboys commonly used to refer to as Bloodsuckers. It belongs to the Cantharidae group which are known as Soldier Beetles, but is quite large (around 23mm) in length. There are about 40 UK species and they are frequent visitors to thistles and umbelliferous flowers. The ones photographed was found on Warsop Main Pit Top in May 2007 and Berry Hill Park in Mansfield 2012, but it has been recorded from the Eakring area on several occasions.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Cantharis livida
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Darren Matthews. Tim Sexton. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Pauline Bradford. Richard Davidson. NBGRC. Brian Wetton.

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Updated November 2022

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