Cantharis decipiens (Baudi, 1871)
Cantharis decipiens is a slim-bodied Cantharid, which are more commonly known as Soldier Beetles. There are about 40 UK species and they are frequent visitors to thistles and umbelliferous flowers, where they probably prey on other flower-feeding insects. At a length of around 12.5mm, C. decipiens is commonly found in woodlands. The one pictured was found in just such habitat, at Warsop Wood in May 2008.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Cantharis decipiens
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Netherfield Wildlife Group. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Wil Heeney. Tim Sexton. Charlie Barnes. NBGRC. David Shaw. Brian Wetton.

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Updated November 2022

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