Soft-winged Flower Beetle

Anthocomus rufus


Over all length 4 - 5mm. The head is black, the pronotum black with red edging and the elytra are red with a short black median stripe. The abdomen extends a little beyond the elytra.


Normally found on vegetation on, or close to, wetlands where they hunt for insect prey.

Status and distribution

Mostly confined to the South and East, with few records to the north and none in Scotland. Fairly common and widespread in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

August to November.