|Cardinal Beetle (Pyrochroa Serraticornis)|
So, here are the facts:
- Their Latin name is Pyrochroa Serraticornis and their common name (the Cardinal Beetle) is probably named after the Cardinals who wore red.
- They are a medium sized beetle at around 20mm with long, black antennae and their shells are a deep red colour.
- There are two species of cardinal beetle in the UK. The Black-Headed (pictured) and the Scarce which is only really found in some parts of Scotland and Wales. The Scarce is much smaller at around 9mm.
|What's this then?|
- Blackheaded Cardinal beetles are found all over Britain. They are found mostly in woodlands around hedgerows during May to July where they are often seen sunbathing!
- They are found in Farmland, Woodlands, Towns and Gardens and grasslands.
- Cardinal Beetles are predatory insects and feed on other insects. Their bright red colour makes other animals believe that they are toxic.
- They can be easily confused with Scarlet Lily Beetle but there is a way to tell them apart. They are more round and their wing cases have dimples on them.
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