Common Red Soldier Beetle

Rhagonycha fulva


Over all length 7 - 10mm. Probably the commonest Soldier Beetle to be seen on the reserve and easily recognised by its over all red colour with black tips to the elytra, black antennae and black tarsi.


Most commonly seen mating on, and feeding on the insects attracted to, the flower heads of umbellifers. Both adults and larvae are predators on other invertebrates.

Status and distribution

Very common and well distributed in England and Wales. Restricted more to the lowlands in Scotland. Common and widespread in Nottinghamshire and very common at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

June to August.