Cantharis flavilabris (Fallén, 1807)
Usually common in grassy meadows etc, Cantharis flavilabris (still sometimes referred to as Cantharis nigra) is just one of several similarly coloured Soldier Beetles of the Cantharidae family. Female C. flavilabris vary in the colouration of the pronutum, but the slightly smaller males are generally black, or very dark in appearance. 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.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Cantharis flavilabris 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Wil Heeney. Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Richard Davidson. NBGRC.

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Updated January 2024

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