Soldier Beetle

Blackish species of Soldier Beetles (Cantharis Pellucida) are often referred to as Sailor Beetles and measures between 10 and 14 mm in length and has a red thorax and legs with black or grey elytra. The male is slighly smaller than the female.

It is abundant across most of Europe and can is normally found in meadows, hedgerows or on the friges of wooded arears. They feed on both nectar and pollen as well as predating other small insects. The larvae are like velvety caterpillars and they feed on the ground, hunting snails and other small creatures.

This specimen was photographed on the Village Green in May 2016. They are normally found from early May to July.