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Cantharis rufa

Cantharis rufa is another red species. It often looks like the red form of Cantharis livida a lot and sometimes one needs to examine the genitals to tell both species apart. But usually Cantharis rufa is the smaller of the two, the shields do not begin in a dark colour and the black spot on the neck shield is either absent or much smaller than Cantharis livida's. Cantharis rufa is a wide spread species found all over Europe, including all of the British Isles and Ireland, Siberia and parts of Northern Asia, everywhere even beyond the Arctic Circle.