Pyrochroa serraticornis Cardinal beetle

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Classification Order: Coleoptera– Long Horns Family: Cerambycidae

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Length . 20mm

Phenology May and July.

Identification One of several Cardinal Beetles, this species has a red head to distinguish it from P. coccinea which has a black head.The Red-headed or 'Common' Cardinal beetle is a red to orange beetle as suggested has, a red head. It is approximately 20mm long and found throughout Britain.

It is fairly distinct and is one of 3 in this family in the UK

Differentiating Similars

Common or Red-headed Cardinal Beetle Pyrochroa serraticornis
Black-headed Cardinal Beetle Pyrochroa coccinea
Scarce Cardinal Beetle Schizotus pectinicornis has a blackish spot in middle of pronotum

Life CycleA predator.

Habitat On flowers, trunks and stumps where it hunts other insects.


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