Cantharis lateralis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Cantharis lateralis is just one of several similarly coloured beetles that belong to the Cantharidae group, more commonly known as Soldier Beetles. Although C. lateralis is coloured similarly to several other species, it is much smaller at around 10-12mm in length. 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. The one pictured, was found on Umbellifer flowers near Market Warsop at the end of June 2008.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Cantharis lateralis
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Jim Flanagan. Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Pauline Bradford. Wil Heeney.

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 February 2017

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