Rhagonycha lignosa (Müller, O.F., 1764)
Rhagonycha lignosa is one of several similarly coloured beetles that belong to the Cantharidae group, although this is a small species and superficially similar to Rhagonycha limbata, barely reaching 10mm in length. They 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.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Rhagonycha lignosa
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. M L Denton (2002 Sherwood Forest Coleoptera survey). Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. K N A Alexander (Invertebrate assemblage condition at Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI and Birklands West and Ollerton Corner SSSI survey reports 2009-10). Allan and Annette Binding. Natural England - Invertebrate Site Register 2006. Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records).

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Updated February 2017

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