Cantharis nigra (De Geer, 1774)
Cantharis nigra (formerly C. fulvicollis) is just one of several similarly coloured beetles that belong to the Cantharidae group, more commonly known as Soldier Beetles. Female C. nigra 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. Numbers of C. nigra were found commonly on long grass at Eakring Flash in July 2008.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Cantharis nigra
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 December 2018

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