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Cantharis pellucida

Many Soldier Beetles are blackish. These blackish species are often referred to as Sailor Beetles. So Cantharis pellucida is one of those. It is a little bigger than the Hogwood Bonking Beetle, measuring some 10 to 14 mm. It is a common species in Europe, but never as abundant as the two previous species, as it is usually found in flowery meadows and fringes of woodlands. To idetify Cantharis pellucida look for the following characteristics: the face is red, the head is black, the neck shield is red with no black markings, the shields are black and the legs are black, except for the first part.