Belongs to: beetles

Cardinal beetle Pyrochroa serraticornis

Best time to see: May to Jul

Key facts

A bright red beetle usually found on the edges of woods, where its young live

Common throughout England

A similar but less common species with a black head occurs in Wales


Bright red head and wing-cases; black legs and black comb-like antennae; up to 18mm long

Larvae are creamy-brown


Larvae live under the loose bark of trees, feeding on the young of other insects that feed on decaying wood

Adults pick flying insects from flower heads and leaves

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