Cantharis figurata (Mannerheim, 1843)
There are about 40 UK species of Cantharidae (Soldier beetles) with many being frequent visitors to thistles and umbelliferous flowers, where they probably prey on other flower-feeding insects. Cantharis figurata is one of numerous similarly coloured species, but is relatively easy to distinguish by the distinctive mark on the pronutum. This beetle also seems to be much less common based on our own records. In fact it was not until mid-June 2011, that we recorded our first at Warsop Main Pit Top, before finding one the next day at Nettleworth Manor.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Cantharis figurata
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Pauline Bradford.

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 November 2017

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