Soldier Beetle

Cantharis figurata


Over all length 6.5 - 8.5mm. A predominantly orange/brown species with figure-like markings on its pronotum.


Wetlands and damp woodlands where the adults feed on insects on the foliage and the larvae feed on invertebrates in the soil.

Status and distribution

It is widespread over most of Britain in suitable habitat. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire and regular at Netherfield Lagoons. 

Best time to see

May to July.